Are you throwing away the healthiest bit of the avocado, the SEED? The stone is the ‘most nutrient-dense part’, expert reveal

  • New viral video demonstrates how to prepare the seed of an avocado
  • The video claims that the pit of an avocado is packed with nutrients 
  • Most people just toss the avocado stone – assuming it must be inedible
  • New York City nutritionist confirmed to Daily Mail Online the pit is powerful
  • Avocado seed has antioxidants and fiber – which boosts a person’s health
  • It should be prepared into a fine powder and added to smoothies, she says

They are a welcome addition to any salad, sandwich and even make a tasty snack on their own.

Rich in monounsaturated fatty acids, avocados are packed with nutrients – containing nearly 20 vital vitamins and minerals.

From boosting heart health to protecting against a raft of conditions, including osteoporosis, various forms of cancer as well as helping vision, the humble fruit is an excellent addition to anyone’s diet.

But after slicing into an avocado, most people toss away the solid seed in its middle – assuming it is has no nutritional value.

Yet, a new viral video claims an avocado seed is actually the most nutrient-dense part of the fruit.

The revelation has left many wondering if avocado seeds are actually healthy – or if the claim is just another viral hoax.

New York City nutritionist Amy Shapiro, of Real Nutrition NYC, told Daily Mail Online that avocado seeds are, indeed, packed full of antioxidants and fiber.

She explained that the seeds can be blended down into a powder, and added to a smoothie or yogurt for an extra nutritional kick.

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The latest viral sensation taking over everyone's Facebook and Twitter feeds is an instructional video about how to prepare - and consume - an avocado seed. A New York City nutritionist confirmed to Daily Mail Online that the avocado pit is healthy to eat, for it is full of antioxidants and fiber

The latest viral sensation taking over everyone’s Facebook and Twitter feeds is an instructional video about how to prepare – and consume – an avocado seed. A New York City nutritionist confirmed to Daily Mail Online that the avocado pit is healthy to eat, for it is full of antioxidants and fiber

How to cut and eat an avocado seed

Ms Shapiro said: ‘Something that we’ve all been throwing out is so powerful.’

The video, from holistic cooking blog Nourish Me Whole, instructs the viewer on how to prepare the avocado seed, so that it can be used in smoothies and juices.

The seed is removed as normal, but then dehydrated in the oven, cut into small pieces and blended into a fine powder.

 Something that we’ve all been throwing out is so powerful
Nutritionist Amy Shapiro

Ms Shapiro explained to Daily Mail Online that consuming avocado seed can boost someone’s health.

She said: ‘About 70 per cent of the antioxidants of avocados are in the pit.’

Antioxidants fight free radicals – which means they can help the immune system prevent disease.

And, antioxidants can even help prevent wrinkles from developing in a person’s skin.

On top of the antioxidants, avocado seeds are also full of fiber, Ms Shapiro explained.

The nutritionist said: ‘The fiber creates a really healthy environment for the healthy bacteria in your gut to thrive on and stay alive – it’s kind of a prebiotic.’


1. To prepare an avocado seed for eating, remove the seed as you normally would 

1. To prepare an avocado seed for eating, remove the seed as you normally would

2. Then, tap a sharp knife into the seed (left) - and twist. Rinse the seed, then place in an oven pan

2. Then, tap a sharp knife into the seed (left) – and twist. Rinse the seed, then place in an oven pan

3. Dehydrate the seed at 120 degrees Celsius for one-and-a-half to two hours

3. Dehydrate the seed at 120 degrees Celsius for one-and-a-half to two hours

4. The seed should be dehydrated until it looks like the photo above - with the outer skin dried

4. The seed should be dehydrated until it looks like the photo above – with the outer skin dried

5. Once the seed has cooled to the touch, discard the dry outer skin

5. Once the seed has cooled to the touch, discard the dry outer skin

6. Find the seam created by your knife when you removed the seed

6. Find the seam created by your knife when you removed the seed

7. Gently press your knife into it, which should cause it to pop into two halves

7. Gently press your knife into it, which should cause it to pop into two halves

8. Use a sharp knife to dice the seed halves

8. Use a sharp knife to dice the seed halves

9. After the seed is diced into small pieces, blend it into a fine powder using a high-powered blender

9. After the seed is diced into small pieces, blend it into a fine powder using a high-powered blender

10. Store the powder in the fridge in an air-tight container

10. Store the powder in the fridge in an air-tight container

Furthermore, foods that are high in fiber help people feel full – which can lead to a reduction in calories consumed.

Thus, the avocado pit’s fiber content can aid in weight loss.

Avocados are really high in antioxidants, so they’re protective to disease and cancers
Ms Shapiro

Fiber also helps with digestion – keeping people’s bowel movements ‘regular’.

And, it can lead to decreased cholesterol levels.

But despite all of the health benefits associated with avocado seeds, Ms Shapiro told Daily Mail Online that they can taste bitter.

That’s why, she explained, it’s best to mix the blended seeds with smoothies or yogurt – to get a better taste.

Of course, the rest of the avocado is healthy, as well.

‘Avocados are really high in antioxidants, so they’re protective to disease and cancers,’ Ms Shapiro said.

‘It is also a really good source of heart-healthy, heart-protective fat.’

Avocado seeds have a bitter taste, so they should be cut into small pieces and blended into a fine powder. People can add the powder to smoothies, juices or yogurts, the nutritionist revealed

Avocado seeds have a bitter taste, so they should be cut into small pieces and blended into a fine powder. People can add the powder to smoothies, juices or yogurts, the nutritionist revealed

The fruit helps keep people’s ‘bad cholesterol’ levels down – and their ‘good cholesterol’ levels high.

The Real Nutrition NYC expert added: ‘It’s also great for our skin because of the collagen, and because of the fat.’

And, like its seed, avocados can help keep people feeling full longer.

In other words, when it comes to avocado, a little bit goes a long way to help you stay full and get healthy, the nutritionist said.

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J Jayalalitha has died at 68 her demise has left a huge void in Indian politics

One of India’s most influential and colorful politicians,

The chief minister of Tamil Nadu state suffered a heart attack on Sunday night and died at 23:30 local time (18:00 GMT) on Monday, Chennai’s Apollo Hospital said.

Thousands of her supporters had gathered to pray for her recovery.

Extra police have been deployed in the southern state amid fears of unrest among her supporters.

The former film star served as Tamil Nadu chief minister four times. She had been receiving treatment for months.

Jayalalitha is revered by many but seen by her critics as having created a cult of personality over the years.

There are fears her death could spark unrest given the extreme devotion she inspires among her supporters, many of whom refer to her as “Amma” (mother).

Earlier reports of her death, which were swiftly withdrawn, prompted scuffles between police and her supporters outside the private hospital.

Tributes began to pour in for Jayalalitha as soon as her death was confirmed by Apollo, which had been treating her since 22 September.

Jayalalitha’s party AIADMK – which had earlier lowered the flag to half-mast before hoisting it up once more – also confirmed she had died, tweeting “our beloved leader, the Iron lady of India… Amma, is no more”.

Wailing crowds: Sanjoy Majumder, BBC News, outside Apollo hospital

Indian supporters of the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu Jayalalitha react outside the hospital after false reports that she had died in ChennaiImage copyrightAFP
Image captionA false report of her death earlier in the day prompted an outpouring of grief among supporters

Hundreds of people had lined the streets leading out of the hospital, despite it being long past midnight, to catch a last glimpse of the woman they called “Amma”.

As the ambulance carrying her body emerged from the main gate, a cry went up as supporters jostled forward to try and get close to the vehicle – almost breaking the police line in the process. Many of them were wailing.

Her successor as chief minister, the entire cabinet, top officials and others followed. One woman sat on the ground, distraught, her cheeks streaked with tears.

Now the action has moved to Poes Garden, the neighbourhood which has been Jayalalitha’s home for the past several decades.

The streets have been barricaded as people throng the narrow lanes for an all-night vigil.

A senior AIADMK politician, O Panneerselvam, was sworn in as chief of Tamil Nadu within hours of her death, the party’s Twitter account confirmed.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi was among the first to offer his condolences.

“I will always cherish the innumerable occasions when I had the opportunity to interact with Jayalalithaa ji (honorific). May her soul rest in peace,” he tweeted.

Khushboo Sundar, film actress and Congress party spokesperson, told the BBC: “It’s very painful for me. Despite our political differences, I had respected her. We were hoping against hope, none of us wanted her to lose this battle.

“She was a symbol of strength for women like me. She fought against so many odds to make a name for herself in a male-dominated profession like politics. We have a lost a great politician, and a great champion of women’s rights.”

A supporter of Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa Jayaraman holds her photo at the AIADMK party office in Mumbai, India, December 5Image copyrightREUTERS
Image captionA police raid in the 1990s found 10,500 saris and 750 pairs of shoes in Jayalalitha’s home

Jayalalitha lived a dramatic life, both on screen and off.

She appeared in more than 100 films before turning her hand to politics in the early 1980s.

Jayalalitha later won control of the AIADMK from its late founder’s wife, before leading it to victory in 1991, the first of four occasions she would do so.

She was accused of corruption on several occasions, and spent two short spells in prison – most recently in 2014.

But a Karnataka high court order in 2015, which cleared her of involvement in a corruption scandal, paved the way for her return to power.

Jayalalitha’s admirers remain unbowed in their admiration for her and argue she has played a key role in the development of Tamil Nadu as one of India’s most economically influential states.

Dow rises to a fresh record close

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(Close): Rising bank stocks and encouraging economic data helped push the Dow Jones Industrial Average to a new record.

The Dow rose 45 points, or 0.2%, to 19,216, with shares in Goldman Sachs up 2.3% and JP Morgan rising 2%.

Nike was among the top risers on the Dow – up 2.7% – after HSBC raised its rating on the company’s shares.

Confidence was boosted by data showing activity in the US services sector rose to a one-year high in November.

Many economists expect that the strengthening US economy will prompt the US Federal Reserve to raise interest rates, when it meets next week.

“We have a situation where the Fed is probably going to raise rates next week and this time raising rates is being viewed as a positive, mainly because of its impact on the financial stocks, which are all doing quite well today,” said Peter Tuz, president of Chase Investment Counsel.


‘Scrambling’ for shares

The wider S&P 500 index was up 12 points, or 0.6%, at 2,204, while the Nasdaqrose 53 points to 5,308.

US shares have been gaining ground since the election on 8 November, on hopes that polices under a Donald Trump administration will boost the economy.

“A lot of people were negative going into the election, or cautious, so now they’re scrambling year-end to own stocks,” said Alan Lancz, president of investment advisory firm Alan B Lancz & Associates.

US markets followed the lead of most of the European indexes by shrugging off the results of Italy’s referendum on changes to the constitution.

“We’re back in a rally mode,” said Art Hogan, chief market strategist at Wunderlich Securities.

Iran fashion workers jailed for ‘spreading prostitution’

Headscarves are displayed on mannequins at an Islamic fashion exhibit in central Tehran on 18 December 2014Image copyrightAFP
Image captionThe covering of hair in public has been compulsory for women in Iran since 1979

Twelve people involved in the fashion industry in Iran are reported to have been jailed for “spreading prostitution” via images posted online.

The eight women and four men were handed sentences of between five months and six years by a court in Shiraz, a lawyer told the Ilna news agency.

They were also banned from working in fashion and travelling abroad for two years afterwards, Mahmoud Taravat said.

He added that his clients had denied the charges and planned to appeal.

The 12 were convicted of charges including spreading prostitution and promoting corruption via the publication of obscene images online, inciting Muslims to corrupt themselves through putting on fashion shows, and spreading a “Western-style culture of nudity”.

They were not named by Mr Taravat in his interview with Ilna.

But he said they included a man given a six-year sentence and banned from working in journalism or government service for two years following his release; a woman and a man jailed for five years and banned from working in fashion design; and a man jailed for two years and banned from working in photography.

Iran’s judiciary launched a crackdown on “un-Islamic” behaviour by fashion models earlier this year.

In May, the prosecutor of Tehran’s cybercrimes court announced the arrest of eight people involved in posting photographs of women without headscarves on social media. Iranian law requires that all women cover their hair in public.

They were among 170 models, photographers, make-up artists, salon managers and designers identified as being involved in online modelling.

How did fake US embassy operate in Ghana for a decade?

News has travelled the world that an organised gang based in Ghana ran a fake embassy selling real US visas for $6,000 (£4,700) for “about a decade”. How did they get away with it for so long?

The US State Department says Ghanaian and Turkish organised crime rings were running the fake embassy complete with a US flag and a portrait of President Barack Obama “unhindered… for about a decade”.

The faded building couldn’t have looked more different to the real embassy.

But, as journalist Sammy Darko in Accra explained on Focus on Africa, the customers have most probably never been to an embassy before so didn’t know what to expect.

“They also find white people there and they assume that it is the US embassy,” he added.

A painting being painted of re-elected US President Barack Obama 7, 2012.Image copyrightGETTY IMAGES
Image captionThe fake embassy reportedly had a painting of the US president hanging up on the wall

The State Department’s description of the operation gave more insight into how people were deceived.

“The fake embassy did not accept walk-in visa appointments; instead, they drove to the most remote parts of West Africa to find customers. They would shuttle the customers to Accra, and rent them a room at a hotel nearby. The Ghanaian organized crime ring would shuttle the victims to and from the fake embassies.”

The State Department also said the criminals running the operation were able to pay off corrupt officials “to look the other way”.

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Have there been any arrests?

Several. That’s as much as we know.

The State Department is vague about this, simply saying “when the task force conducted raids, they arrested several suspects”.

They said that back on 2 November, and added that “several suspects remain at large”.

They added that Ghanaian police have warrants for their arrest and plan to pursue them.

They also said an investigation and search for the Turkish organised crime group was “ongoing”.

The BBC understands, over a month later, that this investigation is still continuing.

It appears to have been a big operation, as the State Department says the sham embassy advertised its services across Ghana, Ivory Coast and Togo.

At the raid, officials found 150 passports from 10 countries.

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Why are we talking about this now?

According to the time stamp, the State Department published the news of the arrests on 2 November.

The BBC’s Thomas Naadi in Ghana’s capital, Accra, says the arrests took place a few months earlier than this, in June.

The State Department said an informant tipped off investigators about both the fake US embassy and a fake Dutch embassy at the same time, although it isn’t clear when this was.

It is a bit of a mystery why it was not picked up by media until 2 December. But when it was, it was widely shared on social media.

CNN, al Jazeera and Washington Post
Image captionSix months after the court case the mainsteam media picked up the story

Three days later, and the media is getting more creative with their headlines.

The Washington Post has gone with “Mobsters ran a fake US embassy in Ghana for 10 years, flying the flag and issuing visas for $6,000”.

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Were the visas genuine?

The State Department said the embassy provided some customers “fraudulently obtained, legitimate US visas” as well as counterfeit visas, false identification documents (including bank records, education records, birth certificates, and others).

It says the operation paid corrupt officials to obtain legitimate blank documents to be doctored.

Image captionThis genuine visa shows what the legitimate documents look like
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Did the customers care if the embassy was fake?

We don’t know for sure whether the customers knew if the embassy was fake.

But if they did, they had strong motivations to proceed regardless.

Travelling to the US is a big thing for many Ghanaians who are desperate to reach the US as they are convinced it is an opportunity for them to better their lives, explains the BBC’s Adelaide Arthur.

Also, being refused a visa can be very disheartening for prospective travellers and this often makes them vulnerable to scammers who promise them a visa, she adds.

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How many people used this service?

The State Department has not commented on this.

We also don’t know what kind of visas people were buying.

We may never know how many people are living in the US with visas issued from the fake embassy.

It is not clear if the US authorities will try and take any action against them.

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How does it compare to the official procedure?

The official application has many stages.

When the BBC’s Adelaide Arthur, who is Ghanaian, went through the procedure herself, the first stage was to pay a visa fee at the bank.

After paying the fee, she was given a code which would allow her to submit a form which she filled in on the US embassy’s website. The type of form you fill in depends on your purpose of visit. Her visit was for media, so she applied for a visa Class I. But people applying to visit the US usually choose visa B1/B2.

After filling in the form, she uploaded a passport-sized photograph which had to conform to specific dimensions. She was then allowed to set her interview appointment date which was within two weeks of submitting her application form online.

On the interview day, she arrived at the visa section of the embassy in the upmarket suburb of Cantonments in Accra.

“The imposing building that houses the US embassy is hard to miss when travelling around that area, where a number of missions are also located, including the South African, Italian and South Korean embassies,” she said.

She attended the interview with her application submission confirmation, appointment confirmation, passport, visa fee receipt, as well as other supporting documents, including proof of employment and financial support.

Her fingerprints were taken before her interview with a consular officer.

FingerprintImage copyrightGETTY IMAGES
Image captionIn the genuine US visa application procedure you give your fingerprint

Usually, the applicant is made aware of the decision after the interview with a consular officer.

In her first attempt, she was refused the visa immediately after the interview and was given back her documents.

Two subsequent applications were however, successful and she was told to come back two days later for her visa.

Europe presses ahead with Mars rover

Europe will push ahead with its plan to put a UK-assembled robotic rover on the surface of Mars in 2021.

Research ministers meeting in Lucerne, Switzerland, have agreed to stump up the outstanding €436m euros needed to take the project through to completion.

The mission is late and is costing far more than originally envisaged, prompting fears that European Space Agency member states might abandon it.

But the ministers have emphatically reaffirmed their commitment to it.

They have also said that European participation in the International Space Station (ISS) should run until at least 2024, bringing Esa into line with its partners on the orbiting laboratory – the US, Russia, Japan and Canada.

This will open new opportunities for European astronauts to visit the station, and it was announced here that Italian Luca Parmitano has been proposed to take up a tour in 2019.

Media captionDG Jan Woerner: “It was not easy asking member states for more money for ExoMars”

The Ministerial Council was convened to set the policies, programmes and funding for Esa over the next three to five years.

Officials at the agency had put a menu before member state delegations valued at some €11bn (£9.5bn; $12bn), covering all manner of activities ranging from rockets and Earth observation to big data management and satellite navigation.

At the end of one and a half days of deliberations, the 22 governments agreed to fund €10.3bn.

“This is a big amount of money that really allows us to go forward,” said Prof Jan Woerner, the director general of Esa.

“We need inspiration for the future. Inspiration is a driver, and from inspiration and fascination come motivation. And for me, it’s very clear we are responsible for the motivation of the next generation to create the future.”

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Image captionSwitzerland viewed by Europe’s Sentinel-2 Earth observation satellite

The rover is the second part in a two-step programme known as ExoMars, which is being run jointly with the Russians to explore the possibility of life on the Red Planet.

The first part has just seen a satellite arrive at Mars to investigate trace gases in the atmosphere that may be coming from microbes somewhere on the world.

In the second phase, a robotic rover would follow up these studies by drilling below Mars’ dusty surface to try to detect the organisms directly.

But repeated delays in the vehicle’s development have increased costs and undermined confidence in the whole endeavour.

Ministers were asked here to reassert their faith in the mission and close the sizeable financial shortfall that has built up.

This they did, committing €339m to cover industry costs on the rover and its associated hardware (Esa is finding another €97m internally).

Italy and the UK, which are the lead nations on ExoMars, offered the most – €171m and €82m respectively.

“Completion of ExoMars was probably the most challenging of our discussions because of the size of the additional resources that have been put on the table,” said Prof Roberto Battiston, the president of the Italian space agency (ASI).

“But this was justified by the detailed analysis presented by Esa. We are covering about 45% of the total cost of the mission, which makes us the country that is particularly sensitive to the cost of it.”

Dr David Parker, Esa’s director of human spaceflight and robotic exploration, said member states stepped up because they continued to view the rover’s science as being compelling.

“Nobody else is doing the science that is planned for ExoMars, drilling below the surface of the planet for the first time, below the soil that is irradiated, with a suite of instruments that is actually directly looking for signs of past or present life,” he told BBC News.

Ministerial meetingImage copyrightESA
Image captionTwenty-two nations have full status as member states of the European Space Agency

Britain came to the meeting looking to invest heavily in those areas that feed back into its industrial interests.

This meant making big commitments in satellite telecommunications, in commercial services that involve space data and applications, in Earth observation satellites, and in navigation.

In telecoms and navigation, the UK is the number one nation in Esa following this ministerial. That was to be expected. But Britain also put the most into the environmental sciences, which means it now leads Esa in Earth observation as well. Ahead of Germany. That is a first.

“It’s a story about recognising where the new market opportunities are,” said Dr Alice Bunn, the UK Space Agency’s director of policy.

“We’ve seen it in telecommunications, but we’re seeing it now also in navigation where there is potentially a €30bn market out there in new types of services. And hot on the heels of navigation are opportunities in Earth observation, and we want to position ourselves on the front foot for that.”

And to underline the €1.4bn total commitment (over five years) that the UK gave to Esa in Lucerne, science minister Jo Johnson signed an agreement with Mr Woerner to expand activities at Esa’s European Centre for Space Applications and Telecommunications (Ecsat), based in Harwell, Oxfordshire.

Luca ParmitanoImage copyrightESA/NASA
Image captionIt looks like Luca Parmitano is heading back to the space station for a second tour

Carney warns about popular disillusion with capitalism

The Bank of England Governor Mark Carney has warned that people will turn their backs on free and open markets unless something is done to help those left behind by the financial crisis.

In a speech, he said: “Globalisation is associated with low wages, insecure employment, stateless corporations and striking inequalities.”

In many advanced economies there are “staggering wealth inequalities,” he added.

Mr Carney was speaking in Liverpool.

He told his audience that politicians and central bankers must act to ensure people do not lose faith in the current system.

“Turning our backs on open markets would be a tragedy, but it is a possibility,” he said.

“It can only be averted by confronting the underlying reasons for this risk upfront.”

Ahmed: Carney says get real, there are losers from free trade

Mr Carney, giving the Roscoe Lecture at Liverpool John Moores University, spoke of the need for wealth distribution and putting individuals back in control.

He cited Prime Minister Theresa May’s criticism of “stateless corporations” who paid little tax and had little responsibility to local communities.

The governor said: “Redistribution and fairness also mean turning back the tide of stateless corporations.”

“As the prime minister recently stressed, companies must be rooted and pay tax somewhere.

“Businesses operating across borders have responsibilities,” he added.

‘Challenges to prosperity’

Activists shout slogans as they march during an anti-Trump and anti-TPP protest November 14, 2016 in Washington, DC. Activists held a rally and a march Image copyrightGETTY IMAGES

The lecture is only the second major public speech Mr Carney has given since the June Brexit referendum.

Since that vote, the governor has had to defend himself against criticism that he had made explicitly pro-Remain comments, and also against suggestions that the prime minister had been unhappy with the Bank’s monetary policy because savers had lost out.

However, although Mr Carney acknowledged in his speech that there were losers from the policy of low interest rates, he said: “The thrifty saver and the rich asset holder are often one and the same.”

“Just 2% of households have deposit holdings in excess of £5,000, [they have] few other financial assets, and don’t own a home.

“So the vast majority of savers who might have lost some interest income from lower policy rates have stood to gain from increases in asset prices, particularly the recovery in house prices,” he added.

The challenges to greater prosperity, he said, were far wider.

Mr Carney listed three priorities:

  • “Economists must clearly acknowledge the challenges we face, including the realities of uneven gains from trade and technology”
  • “We must grow our economy by rebalancing the mix of monetary policy, fiscal policy and structural reforms”
  • “We need to move towards more inclusive growth where everyone has a stake in globalisation.”
Andy HaldaneImage copyrightAP
Image captionAndy Haldane, chief economist at the Bank of England

Last week, the bank’s chief economist, Andy Haldane, struck a similar note when he warned about Britain’s widening inequality gap.

He was concerned not just with the gap between rich and poor, but also geographically – between north and south, east and west.

Mr Haldane said in a speech: “I think [the issue of regional inequality] is right up there as among the most important issues that we face today as a country.”

“What’s more, the variations are among the widest in Europe.”

Aleppo battle: Russia and China veto UN truce resolution


Map showing control of Aleppo (5 December 2016)



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Russia and China have vetoed a draft resolution at the UN Security Council that called for a seven-day ceasefire in Syria’s embattled city of Aleppo.

Russia said the document infringed the council rule allowing countries 24 hours to consider the final wording.
The US dismissed this as a “made-up alibi”, saying Russia wanted to preserve recent military gains by Syrian government troops in Aleppo.
The army are reported to have seized more parts of rebel-held east Aleppo.
If confirmed, that would mean the government had recaptured about 70% of the rebel-controlled area in just over a week.
More than 100,000 people may be under siege in districts still under rebel control, where food supplies are exhausted and there are no functioning hospitals.
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On Monday, Russia and China – both veto-wielding council members – voted against the draft submitted jointly by Egypt, New Zealand and Spain.
Venezuela also voted “No”, while Angola abstained.
The other 11 UN Security Council members backed the resolution.
The document called for the ceasefire to allow the unimpeded access of aid to Aleppo.
Russia’s UN envoy Vitaly Churkin said the draft had not been given the traditional 24 hours for it to be analysed.
He added that the vote should have been postponed until a meeting of Russian and US experts on Tuesday or Wednesday in Geneva.
US deputy envoy to the UN, Michele Sison, accused Russia of using a “made-up alibi”.
“We will not let Russia string along the Security Council,” she added.
French envoy Francois Delattre accused Moscow of having “decided to take Aleppo regardless of the human cost” of a military victory,
The UK’s representative Matthew Rycroft said that in vetoing the resolution Russia and its supporters “have also held to ransom the lives of hundreds of thousands of innocent men, women and children currently enduring hell in Aleppo”.
This is the sixth time in five years that Russia has used its veto power to block a draft resolution on Syria.
Russia, a key ally of Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad, has been carrying out air strikes against rebels since September 2015.
Aleppo was once Syria’s largest city and its commercial and industrial hub before the uprising against President Assad began in 2011.
Map showing control of Aleppo (5 December 2016)
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