Social media backlash after AC Milan’s ‘bizarre’ haka performance

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008px; line-height: 1.538em;”>The World Game: AC Milan perform publicity stunt version of the Haka against Carpi

Italian football club AC Milan are facing criticism online after a performing a strange version of the haka before a Serie A match against Carpi.

Video footage of the performance shows AC Milan doing a combination of movements – including a motion of rubbing cream on their faces – in front of the Carpi players lined up in front of them.

The performance was staged as a publicity stunt for the skincare brand Nivea and reportedly carried out by actors in AC Milan uniforms.

Fans and commentators were quick to lambaste the “haka” on social media:

Why the hell am I seeing pictures of AC Milan players doing the Haka before their game tonight? #embarassing

— Tom Hendricks (@TheTomHendricks) April 21, 2016AC Milan just did a pre-match Haka as part of a Nivea marketing campaign.

There are absolutely no words. None. 长沙桑拿,长沙SPA,/jTKiGp0Ztj

— Adam Digby (@Adz77) April 21, 2016Ac Milan have gone from the best team in the world to performing the Haka for money in just 11 years. Very sad pic.twitter长沙桑拿按摩论坛,/hfHiXkdYtx

— Round The Bend (@ROUNDTHEBEND__) April 21, 2016for some reason AC Milan saw fit to perform a haka before their match overnight. i expect NZ to declare war on Italy 长沙桑拿,长沙SPA,/xZANcJcKNO

— Vince Rugari (@VinceRugari) April 21, [email protected] So much bad karma coming your way and for nivea too. That haka was a disgrace. No more nivea in this house!

— Carolyn (@Slocar) April 22, 2016I’ve seen crazy things in football but Ac Milan doing the haka beats all …

— ColmJimmyPearsonx (@colmpearson) April 21, 2016

That AC Milan Haka pic.twitter长沙桑拿按摩论坛,/12s4QLU3HE

— Dani Gladdy (@RealDaniGladdy) April 21, 2016

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Mexico plant blast death toll rises to 24

Twenty-four people have died after a leak caused a deadly petrochemical plant blast, and the death toll could still rise, Mexican oil giant Pemex says.

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It is the latest in a series of fatal accidents to batter the company.

Pemex chief executive O Jose Antonio Gonzalez Anaya, who travelled to the site of Wednesday’s blast near the port of Coatzacoalcos, one of Pemex’s top oil export hubs, told local television it was unclear what caused the accident.

The massive explosion at the facility’s chlorinate 3 plant in the Gulf state of Veracruz also injured 136 people, 13 of them seriously.

Another 18 people were unaccounted for, and one badly damaged part of the plant had yet to be scoured.

“We know there was a leak, what we don’t know is why, but everything points to an accident,” Gonzalez Anaya said.

He shared an updated death toll at a press conference late on Thursday, adding that remediation of the site could take up to a year. He denied the blast was tied to the economic problems of Pemex, which is trying to stem sliding output and slash costs as it creaks under the pressure of low crude prices.

The sharp odour of ammonia filled the air and the plants’ turbines still streamed grey smoke on Thursday afternoon, where local and municipal police, as well as marines, blocked the entrance to the facility.

Most officials wore blue face masks to protect against the fumes, while family members crowded around, their faces uncovered, demanding more information on missing relatives and at times throwing objects at the officials or pushing them.

Others held hands and prayed for the missing and dead.

“We are desperate because no one is coming out to show their face,” said Ancelma Cordero, 49, whose 21-year-old brother is one of the missing and has not responded to his mobilephone.

She said she had been waiting since the prior night and her head was starting to hurt.

“They told us we were breathing toxins and we should leave,” she said of authorities. “But … if we leave, they could make the bodies disappear.”

The blast occurred at a vinyl petrochemical plant that is a joint venture between Pemex’s petrochemical unit and majority owner Mexican plastic pipe-maker Mexichem. Pemex operates the larger petrochemical complex where the plant is located, known as Pajaritos.

In February, a fire killed a worker at the same plant, the latest in a litany of safety disasters that have plagued the state oil giant.

In 2013, at least 37 people were killed by a blast at Pemex’s Mexico City headquarters, and 26 people died in a fire at a natural gas facility in northern Mexico in September 2012.

A 2015 fire at its Abkatun Permanente platform in the oil-rich Bay of Campeche affected oil output and cost the company up to $US780 million.

UN-sponsored Yemen peace talks begin

Talks aimed at ending Yemen’s war has opened in Kuwait, with Kuwait’s top diplomat appealing to both sides to “turn war into peace” after a year of conflict which has killed more than 6200 people and caused a humanitarian crisis.

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Yemen’s foreign minister warned against high expectations from the UN-sponsored talks, which brought together the Houthi group and its General People’s Congress party allies with the Saudi-backed government of President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi.

The talks, originally scheduled to start on Monday, were delayed over accusations by the Houthi group of truce violations and disagreements over the agenda for the negotiations.

Kuwait’s Foreign Minister Sheikh Sabah al-Khalid al-Sabah, in an opening speech at Bayan Palace, urged Yemenis to “turn war into peace and backwardness into development”.

The talks are based on UN Security Council resolution 2216 which calls for the Houthis to withdraw from areas they seized since 2014 and hand heavy weapons back to the government, UN special envoy to Yemen Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed said.

“The choice today is one of two options: a safe homeland that ensures security for all of its citizens … or remnants of a land whose sons die every day,” Ould Cheikh Ahmed said in an opening speech on Thursday.

The talks are expected to focus on creating a more inclusive government and restoring state authority over the country, which is now divided between the Houthis and Hadi’s administration.

The war has caused a major humanitarian crisis in Yemen, the poorest country in the Arabian Peninsula. Apart from the more than 6200 killed, the United Nations says some 35,000 people have been wounded and more than 2.5 million people displaced.

The fighting has also allowed the militant Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula and Islamic State to consolidate their presence in the country next door to the world’s top oil exporter.

The United States and the Saudi-led coalition welcomed the start of the talks.

“We urge the parties to fully engage in good faith in order to end the military conflict immediately and to return to a peaceful political process,” State Department spokesman John Kirby said in Washington.

The Saudi-led coalition spokesman, Brigadier-General Ahmed Asseri, speaking to Dubai-based al-Arabia Television, said: “Everybody knows that the way out in the end is political, and the issue will not end through military means, and the coalition has no desire to … prolong the situation.”

The crisis began in September 2014 when the Iran-allied Houthis seized the capital Sanaa. A Saudi-led Arab alliance intervened last year, launching a campaign of mostly air strikes against the Houthis in support of Hadi’s forces.

The meeting adjourned until Friday afternoon.

Protests to hit Trump, Turnbull meeting

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull isn’t the only person who’ll be turning out to greet Donald Trump in the US president’s home town.

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The native New Yorker, whose image for decades was interwoven with his hometown, is making his first trip back to Manhattan since taking office.

Several protests are planned across New York City, including near the USS Intrepid on the Hudson River, where Trump is scheduled to meet with Mr Turnbull on Friday (AEST), and the president’s home at Trump Tower, threatening to snarl Manhattan’s streets and produce images of a city rejecting its most famous native son.

“Thousands of people are ready to protest Donald Trump,” said Steven Choi, executive director of the New York Immigration Coalition which is co-organising one of the large-scale protests. “On the president’s first trip back to New York City, the world will see us rise up and oppose him again.”

The New York Police Department is gearing up for the visit with an eye toward those anti-Trump demonstrations. The turnout is uncertain, but activists are using Facebook and other social media to call on protesters to gather at several locations throughout the city to voice opposition to his immigration, health care and other policies.

Hundreds of police officers will be assigned to secure Trump’s Intrepid appearance, with more on standby on surrounding blocks if needed to make arrests.

Trump will deliver a speech on the USS Intrepid, a World War II-era aircraft carrier, and hold his first meeting with Turnbull since they held a contentious phone call in February.

A show of force is already a fixture at Trump Tower, where the Secret Service and heavily armed NYPD officers have used barricades, checkpoints and street closings to secure the iconic skyscraper where the president has a penthouse apartment.

Firewall concerns at Perth kid’s hospital

Western Australia’s building regulator is investigating claims of defective firewalls at the new Perth Children’s Hospital, as the construction union warns that replacing them could take many months.

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Building Commission director of compliance Sandy Randall said the information came from an anonymous source about the construction and inspection of firewalls at the already-delayed project.

“Building Commission inspectors are conducting a preliminary assessment of the firewalls to establish whether there is any validity to the information received,” Ms Randall said.

CFMEU state secretary Mick Buchan said the complaint was detailed and he was concerned the allegations would prove accurate.

The firewalls may need to be ripped out and replaced, he said.

“The worst case scenario is it could take months and months if they do it all at once,” Mr Buchan told AAP.

“They can’t accept anything less than the Australian Standard.”

WA Treasurer Ben Wyatt indicated to reporters he wasn’t overly worried.

“I’ve not yet received any information that would suggest to me that the Building Commission is particularly concerned about something that no doubt, as a result of what’s happening today, will get a report in due course,” he said.

The main problem that continues to plague the hospital is elevated lead levels in drinking water and the opening date remains unknown.

Mr Buchan said he didn’t believe the state government acted prematurely by accepting handover from the builder before the water supply was given the all clear.

He said it was a common strategy to get more hands on and take control of a project, and didn’t affect warranties for defects.

Birthplace or heritage? NRL stars picking sides ahead of World Cup

This weekend, Tonga meets Fiji in a match that would ordinarily only interest people of Pacific Island heritage.

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But the new rules mean players of the calibre of Manu Vatuvei and Daniel Tupou are all coming to the party after previously representing New Zealand and Australia respectively.

And even though some of the young guns like emerging Penrith hooker Sione Katoa may now miss out, just the chance to rub shoulders with the stars is a great experience.

Tonga hooker Sione Katoa prepares to play FijiSBS

“Hopefully the young up and coming Tongans can see what they’re doing and follow in their footsteps,” Katoa told SBS News. 

The new rules may upset some who believe you should only be allowed to play for the country of your birth, but according to Vatuvei, wearing a New Zealand jersey can’t hide his roots.

“I know I’ve played for the Kiwis, but even though I’ve played for them putting that jersey on is always representing my heritage and that’s Tonga,” he told SBS News.

Vatuvei will play his first-ever match for Tonga against Fiji and he couldn’t be more excited.

“It’s going to be a really special moment for myself and my family,” he said.

The World Cup runs from October 27 to December 2 and includes matches in Australia, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea.

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Turnbull to take swing at fairway diplomacy with Trump

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull will be looking to tap into US President Donald Trump’s penchant for golf when they meet face-to-face in New York.

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Mr Trump has played an estimated 18 rounds since he was sworn in as president on January 20, making frequent trips to Florida where he owns two golf courses.

The president tried to forge a bond with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe over a game in February, but some critics have wondered if his time on the fairway has come at the expense of presidential duties.

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Nevertheless, when Mr Turnbull arrives in New York on Thursday he’ll be looking to deploy a little golf diplomacy of his own to smooth over a rocky start between the two leaders.

In an interview with SBS News, Mr Turnbull said he would give the president a gift for his golf collection.

“We have a beautiful timber gift, it’s made of jarrah and silver ash, by an Australian craftsman from Bungendore and it’s designed to hold golf balls,” he said.

“The president is a keen golfer so I hope that will be part of his golfing collection to hold a dozen golf balls.”

It is customary for heads of state to exchange gifts when they meet, but Mr Turnbull will be hoping to strike the right note with Mr Trump, with whom he reportedly clashed earlier this year.

During a phone call on January 28, the property tycoon blasted Mr Turnbull over a refugee resettlement deal struck by then President Barack Obama, the Washington Post reported.

Mr Trump described the agreement as a “dumb deal” in a Twitter post, but has reluctantly agreed to accept refugees held on Nauru and Manus Island if they pass what he describes as extreme vetting.

Do you believe it? The Obama Administration agreed to take thousands of illegal immigrants from Australia. Why? I will study this dumb deal!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 2, 2017

Trump was an outspoken critic of Obama’s golf habit, but he appears to have outpaced his predecessor.

He has played one game every 5.7 days, compared to Obama’s once every 8.8 days, according to the Washington Post.

“@gretawire: PresObama is not busy talking to Congress about Syria..he is playing golf …go figure”

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Gonski 2.0: Greens not ruling out backing government’s schools package

The party’s education spokeswoman Sarah Hanson-Young has told ABC radio people are sick of the argy-bargy between the states and the federal government and sick of the hyper-partisan fights between the government and the opposition.

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Senator Hanson-Young says they want more funding for the schools that need it, to look after our kids and give them certainty, and for those schools that have been over-funded for far too long to be reined in.

“People are sick of the argy-bargy between the states and the federal government, they’re sick of the hyper-partisan fights between the government and the opposition, we’ve got to get the politics out of this,”the party’s education spokeswoman Sarah Hanson-Young told ABC radio.

“We want more funding for the schools that need it, we want to look after our kids and give them certainty, and for those schools that have been getting off with being over-funded for far too long, they need to be reined in.”

Two dozen non-government schools are in line for reduced federal funding, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has confirmed.

The list could include eight Catholic schools in NSW, Victoria and the ACT despite Education Minister Simon Birmingham insistence Catholic schools will not be worse off under what the government’s dubbed Gonski 2.0.

Asked if the 24 schools were “rich, private schools”, Mr Turnbull told the Seven Network on Wednesday: “Yes, that’s right.”

“They’re non-government schools. They will receive less per student, not a lot less, and the reason for that is that the goal is to get everybody being treated equitably and consistently.”

WATCH: Catholic education sector upset at cuts

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Senator Birmingham earlier confirmed a further 300 schools will experience lower rates of funding growth under the plan to be put to state education ministers on May 18 and premiers in June.

The Catholic education sector is angry, claiming a majority of its schools are on the hit list for cuts.

But Senator Birmingham denied they will be worse off – pointing to funding growth of 3.7 per cent per student under his proposed model.

“That is growth well above the wages growth that mums or dads around Australia are exercising at present,” he told Nine Network.

Overall, federal funding for schools will grow from $17.5 billion in 2017 to $30.6 billion in 2027.

To stop cost shifting, states will need to maintain real per student funding levels or face receiving less commonwealth funding.

WATCH: Plibersek: Gonski 2.0 is ‘$22b cut’

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In 10 years, the federal government will provide 20 per cent of the minimum Gonski be recommended “school resourcing standard” for government schools – up from 17 per cent – and 80 per cent for non-government schools.

David Gonski, who was first commissioned by Labor, to conduct a review of schools funding will now prepare a report for the coalition government on how to turn the extra money into better student outcomes.

NSW Education Minister Rob Stokes welcomed the extra funding, but warned Canberra it was moving away from existing agreements with the states.

NSW was considering “all the options available to us”, suggesting the possibility of court action.

WATCH: Budget cuts leave students in lurch

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Senator Birmingham said he would be surprised if NSW wanted to spend money on lawyers instead of schools.

Labor has criticised the plan, which it says is a $22 billion cut from its original proposal.

Labor leader Bill Shorten: “Australians will never trust the Liberals when it comes to properly funding schools. When they think they can get away with it, they’ll cut.” 

‘No fly zone’ at night for Badgerys: ALP

Labor wants to ban night flights over western Sydney suburbs as part of its Badgerys Creek airport plan if the party wins power, but the government says the idea has not been thought through.

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Announcing the policy in the crucial federal election battleground on Thursday, Opposition transport spokesman Anthony Albanese said the plan would eliminate airport noise but still allow 24-hour access.

Flights between 11am and 6am would be forced to take off and land to the southwest of the airport over unpopulated areas.

“No single community should suffer from airport noise beyond what is necessary,” Mr Albanese told reporters on Thursday.

However the federal government has flagged concerns about Labor’s plans to restrict aircraft to specific flight paths or runways during high winds or rain.

Transport Minister Darren Chester said he’d received expert advice that forcing aircraft to land or take off with a tailwind up to the recommended limit was irresponsible.

“Locking in one runway option only for night operations at Western Sydney Airport is reckless in terms of safety and the economic benefits for Sydney and Australia,” he said in a statement to AAP.

“Labor put the Western Sydney Airport in the too hard basket for six years and is now making it up as it goes along.”

But Mr Albanese said advances in technology had made it possible for planes to land into the wind.

He said flight restrictions similar to what Labor proposed were in place at Sydney’s Kingsford Smith airport and could easily be incorporated at Badgerys Creek.

Daylight air traffic noise would also be dispersed under Labor’s plan.

“So, no noise at night but significantly as well, a commitment to ensure that there’s no concentration of aircraft noise during the day, either.”

Mr Albanese said the proposed night flight paths had factored in urban sprawl, with the population expected to boom along the growth corridor.

India heat wave: more than 100 feared dead

More than 100 people are feared dead in India in an early-summer heat wave which forced schools to close and halted outdoor work like construction, government officials said.

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Neighbouring Pakistan, which suffered its hottest spell in decades last year, plans to open 500 response centres to provide shelter and cold water to people if a heat-wave warning is issued, a government official said. No heat deaths have yet been reported.

India’s hottest months are May and June, but some states have already registered temperatures in excess of 40C, forcing authorities to take emergency steps.

In the southern Indian state of Telangana, 45 people have died from heat exposure, and another 17 in Andhra Pradesh, officials said. Some 43 were believed to have died in neighbouring Odisha, although an official there said each of the deaths was being investigated.

Y.K. Reddy, a director at the Indian Meteorological Department, said Telangana has recorded its highest April temperatures since at least 2006.

Reddy said there were worries the death toll in Telangana could rise and his department was issuing heat-wave warnings to advise people to stay indoors.

Schools in Telangana were shut last week two weeks before their summer holidays. As an emergency measure, Odisha has ordered schools to remain closed until April 26 and banned construction work during the hottest times of day.

Some small-scale businesses were already suffering.

“I am closing my shop before noon because it is too hot,” said Tulu Sahu, a small grocery seller in Bhubaneshwar city in Odisha. “You cannot stay in the shop.”

Pakistan, where extreme heat killed more than 1000 people during the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan last year, has started gearing up to tackle any sudden rise of patients who report heat-related illnesses.

Bank document proves Nine payment: lawyer

A document that appears to show a direct payment of $A69,000 from the Nine Network to the company engaged to snatch two Australian children from their Lebanese father has been released to AAP by a Beirut lawyer.

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Dated January 22, 2016, the “payment detail report” generated by ANZ bank notes the fee drawn from the network’s account is for “investigation into my missing child.”

If genuine, the document verifies claims by the head of the child recovery team, Adam Whittington, that he was paid directly by Nine to come to Beirut and take the children of Australian mother Sally Faulkner from their Lebanese father.

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“This is the first instalment of two payments that were given to my client by Channel 9,” lawyer Joe Karam told AAP.

Nine has refused to comment on claims it paid the child recovery company CARI directly and has since launched an internal investigation into the story and the legal mess four of its staff are facing.

Ms Faulkner and the 60 Minutes team, including journalist Tara Brown, were arrested soon after the botched recovery operation and spent nearly two weeks in jail before being released on bail on Wednesday after intensive legal negotiations.

The 60 Minutes team flew out of Lebanon soon after, but Ms Faulkner remains in the country, desperate to see her children, Lahela, 5 and Noah, 3, before she returns to Australia.

As part of the deal to convince her estranged husband Ali Elamine to drop the charges against her and the Australian journalists, Faulkner gave up custody of her children and will be only allowed to see them in Lebanon or a third country, not in Australia.

Norway violated human rights of mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik, judge rules

Norway violated mass killer Anders Behring Breivik’s human rights by keeping him in a “completely locked world” after being sentenced for killing 77 people in twin attacks in 2011, a court has ruled.

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Wednesday’s ruling, which took many by surprise, found that the killer had been subjected to strip searches, had been woken up hourly by guards for long periods and that the authorities had done little to alleviate the impact of his isolation.

Breivik killed eight people in a bomb attack in Oslo in July 2011 before attacking a youth meeting of the Labour Party on an island to the northwest of the capital, killing 69 people.

He took Norwegian authorities to court in March, accusing them of exposing him to inhuman, degrading treatment or punishment in breach of the European Convention on Human Rights.

Breivik protested his isolation from other inmates and from outsiders who are not professionals.

“The prohibition of inhuman and degrading treatment represents a fundamental value in a democratic society. This applies no matter what – also in the treatment of terrorists and killers,” judge Helen Andenaes Sekulic said in her ruling.

The verdict said the Norwegian state had broken Article 3 of the convention, pointing to the fact that Breivik is spending 22 to 23 hours a day alone in his cell.

The ruling, however, said the Norwegian state had not violated Breivik’s right to a private and family life.

It said strict censorship of his letters was “in line with the law”.

Breivik wants to exchange letters with outsiders, including several far-right extremists.

The state must pay Breivik’s legal fees of some 331,000 Norwegian crowns ($A52,090), the judge ruled.

Breivik’s lawyer Oeystein Storrvik declined to say what Breivik’s reaction was to the ruling but his client would not appeal the part of the verdict that ruled against him..

Lawyers representing the state said they would consider whether to appeal.

The justice minister, Anders Anundsen, whose ministry was being sued by Breivik, did not say whether the verdict would be appealed.

Women bombers kill 8 at Nigeria camp

Two female suicide bombers have killed at least eight people at a camp for people displaced by the jihadist Boko Haram insurgency in northeast Nigeria.

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The bombings happened around 8am local time on Wednesday in the town of Banki on the edge of Borno state, near the border with Cameroon. An attack in February on an internally displaced persons camp, also in Borno, killed 60 people.

Details of Wednesday’s attack were slow to emerge as Banki is remote and largely disconnected from mobile phone networks.

The state of Borno is where Boko Haram began their insurgency seven years ago. The group wants to create a state adhering to strict sharia law.

“Two female suicide bombers who were initially thought to be IDPs blew themselves up in the camp,” said Khalid Aji, a member of a grassroots community security group based in Konduga, a Borno district nearly 100km from Banki.

“The first one occurred at about 8am and the second followed few minutes later. Eight people died and 12 were wounded,” he added.

Aji said members of his organisation in Banki who helped to evacuate victims gave him details of the attack.

There has been no claim of responsibility for the attack.

A senior Nigeria Customs Service official, who asked not to be named, also said eight people were killed but put the number of wounded at 15.

Banki, which is around 120km from the state capital Maiduguri, was seized by Boko Haram in 2013 but Nigerian troops drove the militant group out of the town early last year.

Boko Haram once controlled an area roughly the size of Belgium in northeast Nigeria, but in early 2014 they were pushed out by Nigerian troops aided by soldiers from neighbouring countries.

The jihadist group has since stepped up cross-border attacks and carried out suicide bombings in markets, bus stations and places of worship.