At least 10 stowaways dead as DR Congo train derails

BUKAVU, DR CONGO (AFP) – At least 10 stowaways were killed and 24 were injured when a freight train derailed in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, a local official said Sunday (Nov 11).

Rehema Omari, stationmaster in the town of Samba near where the accident occurred on Friday, said the toll was provisional.

“The brakes gave way when the train was going at top speed,” she told AFP, adding that the driver had fled.

A migration service official said however that he saw “at least 30 mangled bodies and others under the cars” of the train.

State rail company SNCC’s director general for Lubumbashi, Ilunga Ilunkamba, said experts were on the scene to determine the final toll and investigate the causes of the accident.

SNCC is headquartered in Lubumbashi, the DR Congo’s mining capital, where the train had been headed from the central city of Kindu when it derailed near Samba some 280 kilometres to the south, Omari said.

Rail accidents in the sprawling former Belgian colony are frequent and often deadly because of decrepit track and ageing locomotives dating from the 1960s.

In November 2017, 35 people, many of them clandestine passengers, were killed when a freight train carrying 13 oil tankers plunged into a ravine in southern Lualaba province.

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Premier Doug Ford honours past and present soldiers at Queen’s Park Veterans’ Memorial

TORONTO – Ontario’s premier is encouraging Canadians to remember soldiers past and present as they reflect on the centennial anniversary of the end of the First World War.

Doug Ford told a crowd assembled in front of the provincial legislature that “Canadian heroes span every conflict and every generation.”

He spoke after a Remembrance Day ceremony that saw as many as 500 troops march towards Queen’s Park while John McCrae’s poem “In Flanders Fields” was read aloud.

The Queen’s Park ceremony was one of dozens held at legions, cenotaphs and churches across the province.

Ford says his government is forever grateful for the sacrifices soldiers have made, and noted that they are doing “what we can” to make their lives a little easier.

He says that includes planned legislation that would “ease the burden” on Ontario’s Royal Canadian Legion halls by ensuring they pay no property tax.

With files from Chelsea Leece 

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Trump cancels WW1 memorial at US cemetery in France due to rain

PARIS (REUTERS) – President Donald Trump could not attend a commemoration in France for US soldiers and marines killed during World War One on Saturday (Nov 10) because rain made it impossible to arrange transport, the White House said.

The last minute cancellation prompted widespread criticism on social media and from some officials in Britain and the United States that Trump had “dishonoured” US servicemen.

The president was scheduled to pay tribute at a ceremony at the Aisne-Marne American Cemetery in Belleau, about 85 km (50 miles) east of Paris, with his wife Melania. But light steady rain and a low cloud ceiling prevented his helicopter from travelling to the site.

“(Their attendance) has been cancelled due to scheduling and logistical difficulties caused by the weather,” the White House said in a statement, adding that a delegation lead by Chief of Staff John Kelly, a retired general, went instead.

The decision prompted a rash of criticism on Twitter, with Nicholas Soames, a British member of parliament who is a grandson of former Prime Minister Winston Churchill, saying that Trump was dishonouring US servicemen.

“They died with their face to the foe and that pathetic inadequate @realDonaldTrump couldn’t even defy the weather to pay his respects to the Fallen”, Soames wrote on Twitter.

White House officials said the decision was taken due to the weather and cited security concerns in hastily arranging a motorcade. Similar concerns prevented Trump from reaching the demilitarized zone between North and South Korea a year ago when foggy weather prevented his helicopter from landing.

Ben Rhodes, who served as deputy national security adviser for strategic communications under President Barack Obama, said the excuse about the inclement weather did not stand up.

“I helped plan all of President Obama’s trips for 8 years,” he wrote on Twitter. “There is always a rain option. Always.”

Despite the light rain, French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel held a moving ceremony in Compiegne, northeast of Paris, to mark the 100th anniversary of the signing of the World War One armistice.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau attended his own ceremony to pay tribute to Canadian troops killed at Vimy Ridge, on the battlefields of northeastern France.

Around 70 leaders, including Trump, were scheduled to gather at the Arc de Triomphe in Paris on Sunday morning to mark the commemoration of the centenary of the end of the war, when some 10 million soldiers were killed during four years of grinding conflict.

It was not clear what Trump decided to do instead of attending the cemetery. The White House said he was at the residence of the US ambassador in Paris. During that time he sent a tweet wishing a “Happy 243rd Birthday” to the US Marine Corps.

The president is scheduled to take part in a ceremony at the Suresnes American Cemetery to the west of Paris on Sunday afternoon, when he is expected to make formal remarks.

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Democrats urge acting attorney general to step aside from Russia probe

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Top Democrats stepped up pressure Sunday on acting U.S. Attorney General Matthew Whitaker to step aside from overseeing a special counsel probe into Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, vowing to order him to testify early next year.

Representative Jerrold Nadler, the expected incoming chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, said Sunday the committee plans to subpoena Whitaker to testify next year as its first witness.

“He should recuse himself. He has expressed total hostility to the investigation,” Nadler said on the ABC News show “This Week.” “His appointment is simply part of an attack on the investigation by Robert Mueller.”

In a letter to the Justice Department’s chief ethics officer, Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer, House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi and other top Democrats asked whether any ethics attorneys at the Justice Department have advised Whitaker to recuse himself and demanded details on any ethics guidance Whitaker has received.

“Allowing a vocal opponent of the investigation to oversee it will severely undermine public confidence in the Justice Department’s work on this critically important matter,” the letter said.

Democrats have increasingly expressed alarm since last week, when President Donald Trump ordered Attorney General Jeff Sessions to resign and replaced him with Whitaker, Sessions’ chief of staff.

Sessions’ ouster paved the way for Whitaker to take over oversight of Mueller’s investigation from Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who appointed Mueller in May 2017 after Sessions recused himself from the probe.

Prior to working at the Justice Department, Whitaker made multiple negative comments about the Mueller investigation and its scope.

In addition, Whitaker is also a close friend of Trump’s 2016 election campaign co-chair Sam Clovis, who has since become a witness in Mueller’s investigation.

“Mr. Whitaker’s relationship with Mr. Clovis, who is a grand jury witness in the special counsel investigation, as well as Mr. Whitaker’s other entanglements, raise additional concerns about his ability to supervise the investigation independently and impartially,” the letter said.

Kellyanne Conway, a counselor to Trump, defended Whitaker’s oversight of the probe when asked about it on ABC’s “This Week.”

“Comments that Matt Whitaker made as a private citizen on cable TV does not disqualify him from being fair and impartial by overseeing this investigation.”

She added that Trump is “100 percent behind Matt Whitaker.”

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Alibaba Had Another Big Singles Day. The Party May Not Last.

SHANGHAI — After 24 hours of frenzied buying and selling, and weeks of advertising and promotions before it, the Alibaba Group announced that its sales hit another titanic high on Singles Day, the Nov. 11 shopping festival that the Chinese e-commerce behemoth cooked up a decade ago.

This time, as China’s vast economy slows, the party was held with icebergs in sight from the deck.

China’s biggest online shopping company kicked off the country’s biggest shopping day with its usual ostentation. Its Saturday night gala event in Shanghai featured the singer Mariah Carey, the retired basketball star Allen Iverson and Miranda Kerr, the Australian supermodel. A Chinese girl group performed a song called “Wanna Buy Wanna Buy” as backup dancers pushed shopping carts bearing the logo of Aldi, the German discount grocer.

At the stroke of midnight on Monday, Alibaba said it had racked up $30.8 billion in sales the day before, as measured by its own homegrown metric, gross merchandise value. That handily topped last year’s big number, $25.3 billion.

But all around China, gloom and uncertainty are the word.

Economic growth is slowing, and the country’s hundreds of millions of middle-class shoppers seem to be holding on more tightly to their pocketbooks. Tech companies are antsy about the government’s more interventionist attitude toward big business. The tariff fight with the United States is casting a pall not simply over trade, but over China’s future writ large. This month, Alibaba cut its sales forecast for the year ending in March by around 5 percent, citing the wobbly economy and the trade war.

Meanwhile, some young Chinese shoppers seem less enthused this year about celebrating manic consumerism.

Yang Sun, a 26-year-old from the northern city of Xi’an, said that the Singles Day discounts were no longer good enough to persuade her to wait all year to buy the things she wanted. Wang Xin, 24, an engineer in Shanghai, said he had rediscovered the joys of shopping offline.

“Singles Day just doesn’t hold that much appeal for me,” Mr. Wang said.

Asked about the current mood among Chinese consumers, Joseph C. Tsai, Alibaba’s executive vice chairman, told reporters on Sunday that Alibaba should be understood in the context of the epochal rise of China’s middle class.

“That trend is not going to stop, trade war or no trade war,” he said. “Any kind of short-term economic effects, we believe, will be cyclical.”

Alibaba is not like Amazon in that it is not a retailer. It merely provides the digital shelves and aisles for other merchants to sell their goods. But in its relentless ambition, Alibaba may be Amazon’s only global equal. Both companies want to fulfill their customers’ every desire and need.

Already, people order dinner on Alibaba’s takeout app, buy groceries from Alibaba’s supermarkets, watch movies produced by Alibaba, navigate with Alibaba’s smartphone maps and rent computing power from Alibaba’s servers. And the company still wants to do more. It recently opened an unmanned hotel. It is making its own computer chips. It wants to promote African economic development and end world hunger.

The business case for all this empire-building, Alibaba says, is that the company’s lakes of commercial data give it a leg up in anything that requires understanding customers or merchants.

But Wall Street is still waiting for results, and has grown skeptical in the meantime of the costs of expanding into new areas. Alibaba’s shares have lost nearly one-third their value since June.

Singles Day 2018 showed that Alibaba remains, if nothing else, China’s king of hype. During the broadcast event, the M.C.s periodically encouraged people watching at home to open up their phones and check out the great deals. As acrobats with Cirque du Soleil twirled in midair, the logo of Kukahome, a Chinese furniture maker, shone brightly behind them.

At one point, the performer Liu Wei rapped out the specs of a new model of Skoda sport utility vehicle.

Anna Lin, a 25-year-old who works in finance in Shanghai, said she was feeling more lukewarm about the whole thing than in years past. Singles Day is now just one of many big shopping festivals each year, she said.

Plus, Ms. Lin said, the Singles Day promotions have become increasingly baroque. This year, there were coupons for specific items and brands, coupons that were available only at certain times of day, and coupons that appeared randomly and could be grabbed only by playing a game. Gathering friends into a team could help you collect even more coupons.

“That’s too much work,” Ms. Lin said. “It also isn’t worth it when you realize that after you’ve done all that, all you’ve got is 10 to 15 percent off, or even less.”

The comedian Papi Jiang captured the feeling in a video skit that went viral last year. In the sketch, Ms. Jiang tries to wade through a mess of convoluted Singles Day promotions. She scribbles formulas on heaps of paper and a blackboard. She dashes her phone to the floor multiple times. She tries to do the calculations on an abacus, before realizing that she doesn’t know how to use an abacus.

“My time is more valuable than that,” Ms. Lin said. “I honestly think all the math is a way to hide the fact that there isn’t much of a discount.”

Alibaba does not lack for other methods of subtle persuasion on Singles Day. If you had opened your Taobao shopping app on Sunday, you would have seen how your spending that day ranked against that of other people in your area.

The company’s methods for ginning up excitement have come under scrutiny before. Two years ago, Alibaba said that the United States Securities and Exchange Commission was investigating it for the way it reports Singles Day sales. The company’s preferred metric, gross merchandise value, is supposed to represent the amount of money that changes hands on its platforms. But there is no standardized way of calculating it.

The company has since de-emphasized the number. But the episode illustrated the way that Alibaba sees itself — as a company that breaks the mold.

Ever since Alibaba listed its shares in New York four years ago, the company has used a sense of manifest destiny to beguile investors, stock analysts and an eager news media. China was on the long road to middle-class prosperity, the company said, and Alibaba had the biggest tollbooth. A bet on Alibaba was a bet on China itself.

Last year, when the data firm CB Insights asked people to vote for the company they would invest in and hold for 10 years, Alibaba was the winner, beating out every American tech giant as well as Saudi Aramco and Goldman Sachs.

Now, though, it is clear that Alibaba’s privileged place in China’s rise is not guaranteed.

In takeout delivery, for instance, Alibaba is facing off against several wealthy rivals. It has made big bets that have struggled, including on the troubled bike-rental company Ofo.

Or consider Pinduoduo, an upstart e-commerce company that went from zero to 350 million customers in just three years. You may have not heard of the brands on the app, and you might not trust the quality of the goods. The prices, though, cannot be beat. Pinduoduo has won over shoppers in China’s smaller cities and towns.

No one expects Alibaba to generate whopper Singles Day sales growth numbers every year for eternity. At some point, when growth starts decelerating quickly, the event could change, to focus on one week’s sales instead of one day’s, or on something else entirely.

Alibaba’s track record suggests that when the time comes, it will have no trouble pulling off another act of conjuring.

“I’m not worried about Alibaba at all,” said Steven Zhu, an analyst in Shanghai with the research firm Pacific Epoch. “These guys are really good at creating things from nothing.”

Carolyn Zhang contributed research.

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Germany has no place in WW1 ceremony for 'winners'- far-right leader

BERLIN (Reuters) – German Chancellor Angela Merkel should not have taken part in a ceremony in France on Sunday marking the centenary of the Armistice as it is an event for the “winners” of World War One, said the leader of the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD).

Germany lost the war and Merkel’s participation in a ceremony for the former allies amounted to an attempt to rewrite history, AfD co-leader Alexander Gauland said.

“We can’t put ourselves in a historical situation that clearly favours the winner and walk alongside Mr. Macron through the Arc de Triomphe,” he said, referring to the famous Paris monument.

Gauland’s comments stood in marked contast to the themes of reconciliation and the need for vigilance against resurgent nationalism which characterised the official commemorations in London and Paris for the millions killed during World War One.

With U.S. President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin sitting just a few feet away, French President Emmanuel Macron denounced those who evoke nationalist sentiment to disadvantage others, calling it a betrayal of patriotism and moral values. [nL8N1XM0SN]

In London, Britain’s royal family was joined by German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier, who become the first German leader to lay a wreath at the Cenotaph war memorial in an historic act of reconciliation. [nL8N1XM0OP]

The anti-Islam AfD entered the German parliament for the first time last year, drawing support from a broad array of voters angry with Merkel’s decision in 2015 to welcome almost a million, mainly Muslim asylum seekers.

Its leaders have been rebuked for comments that appear to belittle the Nazi dictatorship or suggest that history books should be re-written to focus more on German victims.

In a rare public display of emotion, Macron and Merkel held hands on Saturday during a poignant ceremony in the Compiegne Forest, north of Paris, where French and German delegations signed the Armistice that ended the war, one of the bloodiest in history.

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Iraq president says talks continuing with U.S. on Iran sanctions

KUWAIT (Reuters) – Iraq’s president said on Sunday talks with the United States were continuing and his country’s special conditions regarding sanctions on Iran should be taken into consideration.

“We do not want Iraq to be burdened with the U.S. sanctions on Iran,” Barham Salih, the Newly elected President, told reporters in Kuwait.

The United States said Iraq can continue to import natural gas and energy supplies from Iran for a period of 45 days, several days after reimposing sanctions on Tehran’s oil sector.

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Putin says had good conversation with Trump in Paris: Russian media

MOSCOW (AFP) – Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Sunday he had a brief but good conversation with US leader Donald Trump at World War I centenary events in Paris, Russian media reported.

When journalists asked Putin whether he managed to speak to Trump, he said: “Yes,” Russian state news agency RIA Novosti reported. Asked how it went, Putin said: “Well.”

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Bobi Wine: The pop star seeking ‘people power’

“When our leaders have become misleaders and mentors have become tormentors. When freedom of expression becomes the target of oppression, opposition becomes our position.”

The lyrics are from a song titled Situka, which means “Rise up” in Luganda, sung by Ugandan musician-turned-politician Bobi Wine ahead of the 2016 general elections.

The Afrobeats artist was using the song to exhort Ugandans to play an active role in fighting corruption and injustice in their country.

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At the time many of the country’s famous musicians backed President Yoweri Museveni’s re-election but Bobi Wine however refused to hop on the bandwagon.

It was then that some suspected that he wanted to play an active role in politics – a change of career which has now led to him being charged with treason and allegedly tortured by the military, which the authorities deny.

‘Ghetto president’

The Afrobeats star, who began his music career in the early 2000s, has always described his craft as “edutainment” – entertainment that educates. One of his earliest hits, Kadingo, is a song about personal hygiene.

Bobi Wine, whose official name is Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu, was elected to parliament as an independent in a by-election last year in Kyadondo East, central Uganda.

The 36-year-old beat candidates from the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) and the main opposition Forum for Democratic Change (FDC).

The self-declared “ghetto president” told the BBC after his win that he represented a new generation: “I am going to stand up for issues. I’m here to give young people confidence,” he said.

The moniker came about after he continued recording music, despite his fame, in his poor neighbourhood in Kamwokya, in central Kampala where he grew up, the BBC’s Patience Atuhaire says.

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Social media tax

In July, Bobi Wine locked arms with activists and marched on the streets of the capital, Kampala, to protest against a social media tax introduced ostensibly to boost state revenue and to end what Mr Museveni called “gossip” on WhatsApp, Facebook and Twitter.

Critics, however, said the 200 Uganda shillings [$0.05, £0.04] daily tax was meant to suppress dissenting voices.

The government has since backtracked and said it will review the tax.

Bobi Wine was also a leading critic of the NRM’s push to scrap the constitutional upper age limit, set at 75, for presidential candidates.

He was among several opposition lawmakers who frustrated numerous debates in parliament to resist the change.

At one point scuffles broke out in parliament during the debate:

The opposition was however overwhelmed by lawmakers from the ruling party who managed to pass the bill that will allow Mr Museveni, 74, to run for a sixth term in 2021. He has been in power since 1986.

“He lost touch with the people [and] the values that he stood for. He came preaching fundamental change but right now he stands for no change,” Bobi Wine told the BBC.

‘People power’

Political analyst Nicholas Sengoba says the 14 August by-election in the north-western town of Arua, which was won by a candidate backed by Bobi Wine, was “do or die for Museveni”.

It was during the campaign for this by-election that he was arrested and then allegedly assaulted.

He, and more than 30 others, were accused of throwing stones at the presidential convoy, accusations they deny.

“Bobi Wine has now beaten Museveni and Besigye four times,” in local elections, says Mr Sengoba. “His party would be wondering if this is now a trend.

“Bobi has rallied his support to the slogan ‘people power’, and he aims to galvanise and organise it into a movement,” he adds.

Political analyst Robert Kirunda says Bobi Wine’s appeal comes from a “leadership vacuum” in Uganda.

“There are many young people who are not interested in the historical struggle that brought NRM to power, nor with the radical defiance of the main opposition, [Kizza Besigye’s FDC]. Most of them want jobs and they feel the economy is not working for them.”

According to arts journalist and blogger Moses Serugo, Bobi Wine’s oratory skills and his alignment to people who live in the “ghetto”, mostly the youth, have allowed him to appeal to them.

He says Bobi Wine’s career as an actor, not a singer, is what has helped him become such an influential politician.

‘Baptism’

Mr Kirunda says Bobi Wine’s recent legal troubles and the alleged assault have actually raised his profile.

“The nature of his experience and the severity of his treatment has changed Uganda’s political trajectory forever.”

“No politician has upset the political scene and got Museveni reacting they way he has,” he adds.

Public pressure and protests have pushed President Museveni to deny that Bobi Wine was brutally beaten. He dismissed the reports as “fake news”.

“No Ugandan has gathered so much international attention like Bobi Wine has. He was everywhere, New York Times, Washington Post, BBC,” Mr Kirunda says.

Mr Kirunda adds that Bobi Wine has also upended opposition politics.

Just like long-time opposition leader, Kizza Besigye, Bobi Wine had now experienced what Mr Kirunda calls “the power of the state machinery”.

“The Bobi Wine who was arrested and detained is not the same one that was released.” He says that the politician has now undergone “his baptism”.

Mr Kirunda says that the challenge for the pop star politician now is how he deals with the expectations of his mostly young supporters.

“The weight has now fallen on his shoulder, his supporters will be watching”.

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Armistice Day: How the centenary of the end of WWI is being marked

On this day in 1918, world leaders signed the Armistice ending the war and its four years of bloody conflict.

In Britain, the Queen and other members of the Royal Family have joined thousands at the Cenotaph to remember the fallen of all conflicts.

Here is how Armistice Day is being marked around the world:

London

At 11am, church bells rang across the country at the same time as a national remembrance service at the Cenotaph in London.

Prince Charles led the nation’s tributes by laying a wreath on behalf of his mother for the second year in a row.

An equerry laid a wreath on behalf of the Duke of Edinburgh.

The Queen watched the Whitehall service from the balcony of the nearby Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

For the first time, a German leader laid a wreath at the Cenotaph.

President Frank-Walter Steinmeier performed the duty on behalf of his nation in an historic act of reconciliation between the two countries.

Big Ben struck at 11am to mark the hour the Armistice was signed.

Prime Minister Theresa May and Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn also attended.

At 12.30pm, after the wreath laying and the traditional Royal British Legion’s Veterans Parade, bells will begin to ring out across the country and internationally.

The People’s Procession of 10,000 people will them march past the Cenotaph.

Flames will light up the moat around the Tower of London at 5pm.

The day will conclude with a service of thanksgiving at Westminster Abbey from 6pm.

France

The Arc de Triomphe on the Champs-Elysees in Paris staged the biggest event.

It was attended by up to 70 world leaders including US President Donald Trump and Russia President Vladimir Putin.

The ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier on Champs-Elysees avenue commenced at 11am.

It featured warnings about the modern-day danger of nationalism.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel gave the opening address alongside the Paris Peace Forum which will take place following the memorial service.

France President Emmanuel Macron was seated between his wife and Mrs Merkel.

Elsewhere in France there was a 10.30am ceremony at the Australian National Memorial, in Villers-Bretonneux, Somme.

A parade at the Thiepval Memorial to the missing in the Somme also took place at 10.40pm and a ceremony at Newfoundland Memorial Park began at 11am.

Scotland

First minister Nicola Sturgeon began the day by laying a wreath at the Stone of Remembrance in Edinburgh, before attending a service at the city’s St Giles Cathedral.

At 4pm, Ms Sturgeon and the Princess Royal will attend a memorial service at Glasgow cathedral.

More than 100 wreaths will be laid at the Edinburgh ceremony, where Ms Sturgeon is to be joined by members of the Armed Forces and fellow politicians.

The city will then thank all those who served with a procession and service of commemoration in the Old Town.

Elsewhere, a two minute silence was observed at 11am at the cenotaph in Glasgow’s George Square.

Lord Provost Eva Bolander, in her role as Lord Lieutenant, led the proceedings and a guard of honour will be provided by the 52nd Lowland, 6th Battalion of The Royal Regiment of Scotland.

She will later accompany the Princess Royal at the afternoon cathedral service.

At the University of Glasgow, just before 11am, three guns were fired a total of six blank rounds in 15-second intervals from the grounds, before falling silent.

Parades will also be held in Aberdeen, Dundee, Inverness, Perth and Stirling.

A concert will be held from 1.45pm at former Craiglockhart Miliaty Hospital, Edinburgh, where shell-shocked officers including Wilfred Owen were treated.

Ireland

President Michael D Higgins led the state commemorations to mark Armistice Day during a ceremony at Glasnevin Cemetery in Dublin.

It included unveiling of Victoria Cross commemorative plaques and wreath-laying ceremonies.

Irish leader Leo Varadkar represented Ireland at the Armistice centenary commemoration at the Arc de Triomphe in Paris.

Elsewhere, ceremonies have been held in Enniskillen, the first town on the island to proclaim the Armistice in 1918.

Northern Ireland

The main remembrance ceremony was held at the Cenotaph at Belfast City Hall at 11am – attended by Irish tanaiste Simon Coveney and Northern Ireland Secretary Karen Bradley.

At around 7pm, a beacon will be lit at a public event in the City Hall grounds.

Elsewhere, a centenary Armistice Day service will be held at St Anne’s Cathedral at 3.30pm.

The Royal Naval Association held its annual remembrance service parade from its headquarters on Great Victoria Street at 10.30am.

Wales

First Minister Carywn Jones will attend a memorial service at Llandaff Cathedral in Cardiff.

Secretary of State for Wales, Alun Cairns, will represent the UK government at the remembrance service and will be joined by the Earl and Countess of Wessex and other guests.

In Newport, a range of events will take place, including a performance of The Last Post by Gwent Music Brass Ensemble bugler Alex Linton. It will be followed by a lighting of the beacon at the Queen Elizabeth II playing field in Ringland at 7pm.

Belgium

A remembrance ceremony was held at the municipal cemetery of Mons from 10.30am.

In the afternoon, a large parade with all Canadian regiments succeeding those who participated in “The Pursuit to Mons” will take place in memory of their passage through the Grand Palace.

The Last Post service took place at the Menin Gate Memorial in Ypres, Flanders at 11am.

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