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Medals for Spain’s service personnel who evacuated 2,200 Afghans

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ARMED Forces members who helped evacuated more than 2,200 people from Afghanistan in August to fly them safely to Spain have been given medals in recognition of their excellent humanitarian work in the face of extreme danger.

Defence minister Margarita Robles (centre, in the pink coat) with Air Force and Land Army members awarded an Aeronautical Merit Cross for their vital humanitarian actions in Afghanistan (photo: Ministry of Defence)

A reminder to the public that ‘the Army’ is not just about fighting in wars, but a crucial tool in foreign and home-soil aid work and emergency response, the actions of Spain’s military hogged the headlines this summer as they put their own lives on the line to shelter Afghan families from Taliban attacks at Kabul airport, accompanied them in flight, and greeted them on arrival in Madrid to coordinate their transport to safe accommodation, ensuring they had everything they needed for the immediate future, giving them information and interpreting for them.

The highly-dangerous evacuation operation ran until August 27, with Spanish troops leading the 2,200 onto A400M military aircraft in Kabul, heading for Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

Once there, they boarded planes chartered by Spanish carrier Air Europa to take them to the military base in Torrejón de Ardoz, in the Greater Madrid region.

Although Spain’s foreign and defence ministries were working to ensure all Spanish nationals who wanted to leave Afghanistan were able to do so securely, the vast majority of those evacuated in August are Afghan nationals fleeing a régime which had taken over their country 20 years on.

Many are adults who would have been very young children when international troops moved into their country, and have since grown up with, and developed a life in, a society that has been much safer, more free, wealthier, and with facilities and opportunities closer to those of the west – as well as women being largely considered equal.

To this generation, a life of repression, persecution and constant fear of death and torture is alien, and their existence has been turned totally upside down.

Those who are now in Spain with their immediate families and attempting to start their lives all over again include a 17-year-old female student who has reportedly learned Spanish in just over three weeks and who is keen to study medicine at university, a student dentist who spent his ‘sandwich year’ in Madrid and whose dad and sister were in danger as they worked for the old Afghan government, and the captains of the women’s and men’s national wheelchair basketball teams, Nilofar Bayat, 28, and her husband Ramish, who have now been offered similar rôles in the sport in the Basque Country.

Some of the Afghan evacuees were interpreters and other support workers who guided Spanish troops when they were on missions in the western Asian country.

At present, Spain’s government is in ‘informal contact’ with the Taliban through the Spanish embassy in Doha, Qatar, diplomatic sources confirm, but ‘under no circumstances’ will Spain formally recognise the Taliban as Afghanistan’s ruling régime.

Spain’s Air Force and its Land Army Special Operations unit have all been given the Aeronautical Merit Cross with ‘red distinction’ in a ceremony presided by defence minister Margarita Robles.

During her speech, Sra Robles remembered the Spaniards who had lost their lives during the long conflict in Afghanistan which began in late 2001, and expressed her gratitude on behalf of both countries for the vital work carried out by Spain’s Forces in Kabul.

“Throughout those days in August, all of Spain was trembling along with you,” Sra Robles told the newly-decorated service personnel.

“All of Spain was, on some level, right there at the gates of Kabul airport with you.

“We feel proud as a country, we feel proud of our Armed Forces.

“This distinction is also for all the other people of Spain filled with goodwill and who believe in peace, who believe a better world is possible and who believe that we have to keep fighting against terrorism.”

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Piers Morgan Viciously Rants At 'pampered Prima Donna' Adele

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Image: PixabayPiers Morgan viciously rants at Adele and calls her a ‘pampered prima donna’.The 56-year-old former Good Morning Britain host Piers has viciously ranted at Adele. He blasted her for cancelling her Las Vegas shows and disappointing fans.Piers went as far as to call Adele a “privileged, pampered prima donna.” Piers believes that Adele’s fans “believed in her because she was a working-class girl who treated them as equals”.He feels that she has let them down and has cancelled shows when she should carry on.“Now she has morphed into just another staggeringly rich, privileged, pampered prima donna who thinks it’s fine to pull the plug on months of shows at a moment’s notice because she can’t get everything she demands”, ranted Piers.“The show didn’t go on for Adele — last seen on British TV a few weeks ago lapping up nauseatingly sycophantic compliments from a drooling celebrity audience — because her ego is now writing cheques her fans couldn’t even dream of cashing.“And frankly, it’s a disgrace.”Piers continued his rant over how Adele had let her fans down.Piers commented: “If Freddie Mercury can make an album as he was literally dying, then she could probably have found the inner strength to pocket $500,000 a night to sing a few songs even if the set design wasn’t absolutely perfect.“That would have been the right thing to do for the fans she professes to love so much.”He went on to add: “But sadly, it would appear health-obsessed Adele’s disappeared up her rapidly diminishing celebrity backside, and no amount of weeping and wailing can change that very disappointing fact.”Thank you for taking the time to read this article, do remember to come back and check The Euro Weekly News website for all your up-to-date local and international news stories and remember, you can also follow us on Facebook and Instagram.

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Kathryn Kates: 'Seinfeld' And 'Orange Is The New Black' Actress Dies Aged 73

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Kathryn Kates: ‘Seinfeld’ and ‘Orange Is The New Black’ actress dies aged 73. image: twitterStar of ‘Seinfeld’ and ‘Orange Is The New Black’, actress Kathryn Kates dies aged 73 Representatives at the Headline Talent Agency have confirmed in a statement that veteran actress Kathryn Kates has died at the age of 73. She passed away in Florida, last Saturday 22, after battling cancer.“Kathryn has been our client for many years, and we have grown much closer to her in this last year since she knew of her cancer returning. She was always incredibly brave and wise, and approached every role with the greatest of passion. She will be greatly missed”, read the statement.Born in New York, Kathryn appeared in some of 1980s television’s top shows, including Seinfeld, Matlock, Thunder Alley. Roles in Lizzie McGuire, Rescue Me, Caroline in the City, and Judging Amy followed in the next decades.In the hit series, Orange Is the New Black, later in her career, the actress played the part of Amy Kanter-Bloom, Piper Chapman’s ex-fiancée. Law and Order: Special Victims Unit was another popular show she appeared in, and starred as judge Marlene Simons in Shades of Blue, the Jennifer Lopez drama.Even at the age of 73, Kathryn was still successful, her role in Welcome to Sarajevo winning her the Best Actress award, last year at the NYCTV Festival.Social media was awash with messages from co-stars and fans this evening, all paying tribute to the late star, as the tragic news broke, as reported by dailystar.co.uk.___________________________________________________________Thank you for reading, and don’t forget to check The Euro Weekly News for all your up-to-date local and international news stories, and remember, you can also follow us on Facebook and Instagram.

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Tiger King Joe Exotic's Lawyer Claims He Has 'gone Missing In Prison'

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Tiger King Joe Exotic’s lawyer claims he has ‘gone missing in prison’. Image: UFO Chronicles Podcast, TwitterTiger King Joe Exotic has ‘gone missing’ in prison according to a claim by his lawyer A lawyer for Joe Exotic, star of the Netflix series ‘Tiger King’, on Tuesday, January 25, made a sensational claim that his client has gone ‘missing’ inside Butner Federal Medical Centre in North Carolina, the prison where he is serving 22 years.With a re-sentencing court hearing coming up in Oklahoma City this Friday 28, civil lawyer, John M. Phillips, took the rather unconventional legal route of using Facebook and Twitter to locate his ‘missing client’.“Good grief, The United States Department of Justice, US Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, where is Joseph A Maldonado?”, wrote Phillips. “My legal calls rejected Friday and for this Monday. Opposing counsel won’t respond to me”.Adding, “The Federal Bureau of Prisons (FBP) told me they won’t tell me when or where he’s being moved. We have a hearing – where is my client? FBI – Federal Bureau of Investigation?”.Later on, when messaged by a user asking if he had ‘found his client’, Phillips ambiguously replied, ‘sort of’.Joe Exotic is currently doing 22 years after being found guilty of plotting to kill one of his rival zookeepers, Carol Baskin, the founder of Big Cat Rescue. The docu-series featuring their lives working with big cats was a massive hit on Netflix, and recently spawned a second series.Tiger King 2 continued to delve into the disappearance of Don Lewis, as well as covering Exotic Joe’s sentencing, as reported by dailystar.co.uk.___________________________________________________________Thank you for reading, and don’t forget to check The Euro Weekly News for all your up-to-date local and international news stories, and remember, you can also follow us on Facebook and Instagram.

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