Keep options open for displaced Chechens urges UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador

Ms. Jolie had travelled to the North Caucasus to learn about all aspects of UNHCR’s operations in the region. In Ingushetia, a republic bordering Chechnya, she visited Bella and Sputnik camps for internally displaced persons (IDPs), where UNHCR has recently expressed concern that local authorities were putting pressure on some Chechen refugees to return home.”I frankly cannot see how the situation in Chechnya has changed to the extent that it now is safe for all IDPs to return,” she said last Sunday at a press conference in Moscow. Ms. Jolie’s comments came after meetings with many displaced Chechens who expressed fear that, without continued accommodation in Ingushetia, they would be forced to go back home.”I am grateful for the hospitality that the Republic of Ingushetia has extended to internally displaced persons, and I warmly welcome the assurances by President [Murat] Zyazikov that no displaced persons will be returned to Chechnya against their will,” Ms. Jolie stated.There are some 80,000 IDPs from Chechnya in Ingushetia. About 12,000 of them have been living in tented camps for the last four years.Ms. Jolie also visited a housing project for refugees in North Ossetia, a republic bordering Georgia. In Moscow, she met several families of asylum seekers and visited the Morozov children’s hospital where she donated $20,000. read more

Richard Hammonds castle burgled in JamesBond style breakin

first_imgThe car involved in the crash involving Richard Hammond last June The castle boasts a Grade I listed stable block, a six-bedroomed Grade II listed main house, a swimming pool and a lake.It also has extensive garages used to home Hammond’s classic car collection.Visitors can enter by the castle gate, with battlemented and turreted walls. Richard Hammond and his wife MindyCredit:Ian West/PA Wire One neighbour said: “If he was burgled they must have used a helicopter to get in and out – as he does.”It would have to be a James Bond-style break-in as the place is not easy to get into.”A source added: “It sounds as though these people have tried to break in during the dead of night.“It must have really rattled him and his family – you can only imagine what was going through their minds when they found out.” Richard Hammond and his wife Mindy Richard Hammond has been targeted by burglars who broke into his sprawling country castle in a “James Bond-style” midnight raid, it has been claimed.Police were called to the former Top Gear star’s 20-acre estate in near Ross-on-Wye in Herefordshire by neighbours, the Sunday Mirror reported.The property, which Hammond purchased for £2 million in 2008, is said to be “as secure as Fort Knox” prompting one local to suggest burglars could only access it via helicopter.It boasts ten foot iron gates, a high-tech security system and a protective fort.Hammond, 48, who lives there with his wife, Mindy, 47, and two teenage daughters, has been recovering at the castle since his latest near-death crash in Switzerland last June.It is not clear whether the family was home at the time of the alleged break-in. The car involved in the crash involving Richard Hammond last JuneCredit:Freuds via AP The sham castle was added to the property in the 18th century but was intended to look Tudor. In 2014, the broadcaster reportedly purchased the six-bedroom house next-door for £1.2million to end a “neighbourly dispute”.Hammond said in 2011: “If ever I need a quiet moment then, in my mind, I’ve got the perfect home and the perfect county to find it in.” West Mercia Police said this weekend: “We received reports that a burglary may have been in progress and officers attended. An investigation is ongoing.”Hammond later insisted that no one had broken in and nothing had been taken.Reports recently suggested that Hammond’s Grand Tour series, in which he stars alongside Jeremy Clarkson and James May, was due to be axed by Amazon. The third series is due to air later this year. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more