Afghan boy Murtaza Ahmadi meets his football hero Lionel Messi Play

Afghan boy Murtaza Ahmadi meets his football hero Lionel Messi

Murtaza Ahmadi became an online sensation after being pictured wearing a plastic bag mimicking Lionel Messi’s shirt, and now he has been able to meet his hero in Qatar. Murtaza met Messi before the game, was the mascot as Barcelona came out onto the pitch for a friendly against Al-Ahli Saudi FC, and even joined in on the team photograph. Murtaza had asked his father for a shirt like Messi’s, but it was outside the means of his family. So his family fashioned a shirt made out of a white and blue plastic bag to mimic the Argentina colours. Dec 14, 2016
Syria: Hundreds protest outside Downing Street over Aleppo offensive Play

Syria: Hundreds protest outside Downing Street over Aleppo offensive

Around 200 people demonstrated outside 10 Downing Street on 13 December, calling on the UK government to do more to help the people of Aleppo, Syria. Forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad say they have control of 98% of the city, and the Russian ambassador to the United Nations (UN), Vitaly Churkin said that military action in the area has ceased. Concern remains, however, for the tens of thousands still trapped in besieged areas of Aleppo, with the UN reporting that pro-government forces had been summarily killing civilians. Dec 14, 2016