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International

Canada ‘disappointed’ by British

decision on Jihadi Jack

TORONTO (AP) — Canada says it is disappointed the United Kingdom has decided to “off-load their responsibilities” after the British Home Office revoked the citizenship of a dual citizen of the two countries imprisoned in Syria.

Canadian Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale confirmed Sunday in statement that Jack Letts, a British-Canadian man dubbed Jihadi Jack by the media who has been behind bars in a Kurdish prison since 2017, has been stripped of his British citizenship.

“Canada is disappointed that the United Kingdom has taken this unilateral action to off-load their responsibilities,” a statement from Goodale said in a rare rebuke of Canada’s ally.

A statement from the Home Office said revoking British citizenships is one way it counters terrorist threats. It said it does not comment on individual cases.

“Decisions on depriving a dual national of citizenship are based on substantial advice from officials, lawyers and the intelligence agencies and all available information,” the statement said.

4 dead as rival fans fight before

Honduran soccer game

TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (AP) — A fight between fans of rival soccer teams Motagua and Olimpia at the National Stadium in Honduras’ capital left four people dead and led to the suspension of the game.

The violence began when fans of the Olimpia team threw stones Saturday evening at a bus carrying Motagua players to the stadium, breaking windows and injuring three players. Former Celtic player Emilio Izaguirre, a Honduran national, sustained a cut near an eye. Paraguayan Roberto Moreira and Argentine Jonathan Rougier were also injured.

The National League and police then suspended the game.

A fight broke out between fans of the teams, with fists flying and gunfire heard. Police used tear gas to disperse the crowd, which took their fight inside the stadium as well.