The Council reviewed the following topics and took appropriate decisions: Memorandum of the Minister of Finance on the results of 11th Conference of the Federation of the tax authorities in the Islamic States which was held in Tunisia during the month of December Letter of the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology on the outcome of the 18th meeting of the Council of Arab Ministers of Communications and Information Technology, which was held in Cairo in December The exact location of the newly opened market, however, has not been mentioned by the daily.
The market, it is hoped, will contribute to the growth of the commercial sector in the country and will considerably ease the shopping issues and concerns of the residents of those localities which have no adequate shopping avenues and facilities.
In the coming months, a number of new neighbourhood markets would be ready for opening, said al-Hamdi. More than people queued up to get a glimpse of the stars, an autograph and have their picture taken with them.
Q-Auto, the official importer of Audi and Volkswagen, is hosting FC Bayern Munich at the nine-day camp, which runs until Saturday, with six members of the World Cup-winning team in attendance.
Yann Lassade, managing director, Q-Auto said: The two sides exchanged views on issues of mutual concern and discussed ways of enhancing relations between the two countries.
Iranian Ambassador to Doha Mohamed Jawad Asayish attended the meeting along with a number of senior Qatari armed forces officers.
They reviewed aspects of cooperation in issues of common interest and ways of enhancing them. The meeting reviewed bilateral relations and ways of boosting and developing them in addition to issues of common concern.
They reviewed bilateral relations and ways of developing them in addition to issues of mutual interest. The free recall and repair campaign is due to the possibility that motorists could sustain harm because of a defect in the upper seal of the engine cover that makes it unstable, the MEC explained in a statement.
MEC monitors the local auto market closely and co-ordinates with all distributors in the country to maintain the best possible practices of consumer protection.
Qatari General Authority for Standards and Standardisation, at the Ministry of the Environment MoE , has decided to start enforcing from February 15 technical regulations for cosmetics and perfumes containing Ethanol.
The content of Methanol should not exceed 0. The bottles for sale should not exceed ml and should be equipped with a sprayer or valve that cannot be removed by hand.
The label should be conspicuous on the bottle. The Doha Youth Forum is offering students in Qatar an opportunity to participate in a UN event and express their ideas and hopes for a sustainable and prosperous future.
The Doha Youth Forum will consider a parallel agenda and will draw up relevant proposals which may be presented to the Congress.
Ambassador Ahmed Hassan al-Hammadi, vice-president of the Preparatory Committee of the UN Congress, gave an overview of the youth forum and the expectations from the youth.
The forum will provide opportunities for the youth to discuss several issues such as cyber or environmental crimes and come out with suggestions and recommendations to counter them in the fast changing universe.
Dr Khalid al-Khanji, vicepresident, Student Affairs, HBKU said that an opportunity was given to the youth to voice their concerns, aspirations, hopes and vision.
Dimitri Vlassis, executive secretary of 13th UN Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice, highlighted the strong political will of the government of Qatar in organising the congress and explained some of the salient features of the congress.
We need to work in close co-ordination for a sustainable and prosperous world. Doha is not supposed to be the point of arrival, it is supposed to be the point of departure.
That sets the bar very high. Some of the participants at the orientation programme yesterday. The Foreign Minister wished the two ambassadors success in their assignments and the relations between Qatar and their countries further progress and prosperity.
Reacting to a report that the Gulf Times published on Tuesday about a section of the Mowasalat taxi drivers staying away from work at the Hamad International Airport HIA , protesting against the installation of the new meters, the government-run transport company said those who had refused to do duties on Monday have now resumed work after the company management ex- plained its position on the issue.
The drivers returned for work after Mowasalat CEO Khalid al-Hail and senior officials held deliberations with their representatives. The company installed new meters in their taxis not only to overcome this critical issue of overcharging but also in the hope of improving their services, it said.
The company said the new meters have many advanced and sophisticated features which would help the drivers as well as the customers locate their destinations without any issues.
The company hoped that the new sensor-aided GPS meters would also ensure that the customers received the right receipts for their journeys.
The camp is part of a variety of QF initiatives that promote healthcare in the State of Qatar through education and awareness of prevalent health problems, as well as providing effective ways to deal with them.
Al Bawasil, which takes place from January 31 to February 5 at Aspire Academy in Doha, is the largest camp in the region that brings together children with diabetes from across the Mena region and beyond for a week-long learning and activity-driven experience.
Al-Bawasil Camp has a daily programme of education and fun activities supervised by a specialised medical team. Workshops and other activities will also form part of the camp, with some being held in collaboration with Aspire Academy highlighting the importance of sport in controlling the effects of diabetes.
Registration is still open for both boys and girls from Qatar, aged , to participate in the camp. QDA may be contacted on or Registration for the camp will close on January The paper has said the stray dogs are multiplying in the sprawling area as each day passed and they posed a big threat to the lives of the residents as well as visitors.
The situation has led to panic among the residents, especially those in the accommodations and others frequenting to the area as part of their daily work, the paper has reported.
It has been pointed out that the presence of a multitude of dogs has created a scare among the residents and incidents of dogs attacking pedestrians are reported at regular intervals in the Industrial Area.
The situation has led to panic among the residents, especially those in the accommodations and others frequenting to the area Dogs take shelter under the abandoned vehicles, found in large numbers in many streets, and they emerge out from the cover of such vehicles at times for attacking the passersby.
The residents warned if a solution is not found to the critical issue on a war footing, it would go out of control.
The qualifying time is then counted from the moment the falcon is released. He also commended the organisers.
Fahed al-Musaifri entered the final round of the Hudud al Tahaddi challenge. Al Dhameen is an indirect loan facility established by Qatar Development Bank QDB to guarantee commercial bank loans to private sector companies.
At least two people suffered minor injuries, according to a witness. The collapse happened around 10pm at an open area in one of the main corridors of the shopping complex.
The new agreement will boost the resources of existing research teams studying health problems like diabetes, cancer, degenerative diseases and genetic disorders and pave the way for new research studies.
The MoU is expected to lead to further development of a skilled national healthcare workforce, providing numerous career and professional development opportunities for clinicians, researchers and faculty.
The survey can be accessed through the websites www. The results of the survey will be made public during the NSD activities on February Both the ministry and QOC have urged all citizens and expatriates to participate in the survey as it will help define precisely the services and sport activities that the community would need, in order to promote the culture of sport and physical activities in the society, thus achieving the objectives of the NSD.
The event attracted a large crowd of aviation enthusiasts and families, all of whom enjoyed the display of different light aircraft as well as many entertaining activities.
The move was in response to requests from QIB customers, who, due to their work schedules, are not able to transact business during regular banking hours.
The Fanar branch will be open in the evenings, Sunday to Wednesday, from 5pm to 7: Mornings Sunday to Thursday from 7: Additionally, the Group branch operates Sunday to Thursday from 8am to 1pm and 4pm to 8pm.
Friday working hours for the two branches are from 4pm to 9pm. With the addition of Fanar, the bank has a total of nine evening branches in its network.
Customers can also transact business using QIB Internet banking at https: Paragliders descending on the Al Khor airstrip during the event. Local funding is as important for National Societies as foreign support, to strengthen their capability and role in community service, it was recommended.
Sheikha Hessa bint Khalifa bin Ahmed al-Thani attended the meeting. Participants at closing session of the meeting. The seven fundamental principles of humanitarian action must be respected, humanitarian action must not be politicised, and internationally unaddressed humanitarian crises must take priority, as is the case with Libya.
National Societies must be seen as auxiliaries to their states, as they are in place to reach out to disaster-stricken areas. The meeting urged governments to enact legislation as a legal framework to protect the Red Cross and Red Crescent emblems and enforce their respect among belligerents.
A focal point will be appointed by each participating National Society to follow up on the implementation of the recommendations until the Amman Meeting.
Marwan Jilani, IFRC head of delegation and permanent observer to the UN, reviewed the results and recommendations of other regional consultations in Eastern and Southern Africa ESA , North and South- East Asia NSEA , and West and Central Africa WCA , mainly reinforcing the role of states and regional organisations in humanitarian action, empowering affected communities by strengthening their resilience and managing risk, transforming through innovation and how to use technology in humanitarian action, and enhancing access to humanitarian assistance and protection.
Kahramaa booth includes various activities for children and other visitors. The corporation is presenting the visitors with tips on conservation.
The stall is also holding several other activities including painting, clay, and puzzles. The booth also presents the winning stories in Tarsheed Contest in the preliminary, preparatory, and secondary categories.
In doing their mission, humanitarian organisations need continuous coordination, especially as they are preparing for WHS and the currently critical Arab situation.
The US State Department reacted swiftly by renewing calls for his release. US soldiers who withdrew from Iraq in , eight years after invading to overthrow Saddam Hussain, have also returned to help re-train Iraqi forces.
For his part, Allen painted an optimistic picture yesterday of the ongoing war against IS. The militants also expanded their control of large swathes of Anbar.
The US government has described Iraq as the central battleground in the war. Kerry and Zarif shake hands as they meet in Geneva yesterday.
Earlier Zarif said that serious dialogue with the West would be easier if it respected Muslim sensitivities, ruffled by the latest Charlie Hebdo cartoons.
The Kerry-Zarif sessions precede the resumption of collective discussions involving all seven countries on January Iran says it wants only civilian energy from enrichment, denying Western suspicions of a latent bomb agenda.
Asked if he hoped they could nail down an agreement by July 1, Zarif said: Pictures on state media showed the teacher, Mohamed Reza Ghaderi, a former top cyclist and national champion several times in the s, surrounded by dozens of smiling children who now had matching bald heads.
After a cycling career that included appearances in major championships, Ghaderi, now 36, became a physical education teacher and now works at Ayatollah Masoumi School in Hamedan, around km from Tehran.
The report did not specify what kind of cancer he was suffering from. One of his friends arranged the head-shaving ceremony.
Cancer is the third-highest cause of death in Iran and mortality rates have risen in recent years. Saudis organise public run to tackle rising obesity Levels of diabetes and obesity are rising in Saudi Arabia, an official said yesterday, as Riyadh announced its first publicly organised run to promote a more active lifestyle.
Organisers said they hope the run, which costs 50 riyals to enter, will be held annually. Rouhani, struck an upbeat note before the talks: The new Republican-controlled Congress is already considering a bill which would slap new sanctions on Iran despite attempts by the Obama administration to hold them off.
In recent weeks the HamasFatah standoff has spiralled into violence, although it is not always clear who is behind it.
On Friday, bombs exploded at a major Gaza bank used by the unity government to pay most of the 70, public sec- tor workers hired before Hamas took over the narrow, coastal enclave.
At the weekend, pictures emerged of Fatah activists in Gaza who said they had been stripped, beaten and left in freezing temperatures by Hamas security men.
Another 20 non-Hamas MPs live in Gaza, but did not attend the meeting. But even before that, cracks had emerged. Hamas immediately demanded the new government pay the salaries of the 50, civil servants Hamas recruited after its takeover of Gaza in , who took the jobs of 70, Fatah employees.
But the other 26,, who work in security functions, have received nothing. Hundreds of Hamas employees began a sit-in in front of the headquarters of the unity government in Gaza on Tuesday, vowing to stay until their salaries are paid.
Another Hamas member warned that the Gaza Strip could become a breeding ground for extremism unless reconstruction is accelerated.
Israel and Hamas, which the Jewish state brands a terrorist organisation, fought a July-August war in the besieged coastal strip that killed almost 2, Palestinians and damaged tens of thousands of Gazan homes, leaving around , people displaced.
Israel, which controls two of the three crossings into Hamascontrolled Gaza, maintains tight curbs on entry of building material, fearing they could be used by militants to make weapons or attack tunnels.
Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah, who is based in the West Bank, says his technocrat government cannot begin to administer Gaza until Hamas fully relinquishes control, including over border crossings with Egypt and Israel.
But there is no sign of that happening. For its part, Hamas accuses Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, who leads Fatah and controls the PA budget, of trying to throttle the group into submission, including by refusing to pay its 50, public-sector employees.
The Islamist group has also lambasted Abbas for not visiting Gaza since the war with Israel. The upshot is that the Palestinians are now as polarised as ever, with Hamas overseeing Gaza and its 1.
The risk for Hamas is that if it gives up power now it may not regain it - while it won the last Palestinian elections in , there are no signs of a new vote being held.
For Fatah, if it does not exert itself via the Palestinian Authority, it cannot hope to be taken seriously by the rest of the world as it prepares to join the International Criminal Court and make another statehood attempt at the United Nations.
What is more, even if that bid makes progress, opinion polls show Hamas will win the next elections, whenever they are held, greatly complicating the statehood agenda.
Abbas is on an official visit to Egypt. One of the enduring images from the march was Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas walking in the front row on either side of President Francois Hollande.
Israeli media have reported that France asked Netanyahu to stay away from the march, but he ignored the request and attended anyway. Left-leaning daily Haaretz even compared the prime minister to an unruly tourist.
In an address to Israeli envoys based in Europe and Asia, Avigdor Lieberman, the leader of far-right party Yisrael Beitenu, was withering about Erdogan, a staunch critic of Israeli policy towards the Palestinians.
Hani al-Masri, an independent political analyst based in the West Bank, worries that if the Hamas-Fatah tensions are not reined in, the results could be devastating, especially for the people of Gaza, desperate to rebuild their lives after the war.
Nine Turkish activists were killed on board in confrontations with the troops. Erdogan was highly critical of Israel during his time as prime minister and again since becoming president last year.
Lieberman, who has broken off his alliance with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, has stepped up his rhetoric on a range of issues in recent days as he tries to rally support for his party ahead of parliamentary elections on March In his retort yesterday, Netanyahu said: At the end of the game a message reads: We need a different leadership that will put Israel in the front row, without pushing.
It said the arrests were carried out during the past two weeks in army operations in Ghardaia, Laghouat and In Amenas, all several hundred kilometres from the capital Algiers.
In January , the takeover by Islamist militants of Tiguentourine gas facility in In Amenas led to the deaths of 40 hostages, many of them foreigners, during a rescue operation by security forces.
It has taken the UN months to get the opposing sides back to the negotiating table after a single round of talks in September. The talks are aimed at reaching agreement on a unity government to replace the rival administrations, whose battle for power has left hundreds dead over the past six months.
It launched an offensive in December to seize control of key oil terminals but was repelled by the army. Most countries pulled out their diplomats from Tripoli after the city was taken by Libya Dawn.
Although all factions are represented in Geneva, according to Leon, the Tripoli arm of Libya Dawn is holding out and will only take a decision on attending on Sunday.
Representatives of the most powerful commander on the recognised government side, Khalifa Haftar, have not been invited to Geneva.
The Islamic State group that has seized large areas in Iraq and Syria is also thought to have gained a foothold in eastern Libya.
Militants execute woman accused of adultery: Russia, a key ally of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, has been trying to relaunch peace talks involving de Mistura that would include meetings between representatives of the regime and the fractured opposition.
In rejecting the invitation to Moscow, the Syrian National Coalition said on January 7 it would sit down to talks only if they would lead to Assad giving up power.
Al Qaeda-linked militants have publicly executed a woman accused of adultery in northwestern Syria, a monitoring group said yesterday.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said that in total 14 people had been executed for alleged adultery or homosexuality in the wartorn country since July, half of them women.
Other cases of execution documented by the Observatory include a man accused of adultery who was stoned to death by Al Nusra Front and other Islamist groups in the town of Saraqeb in Idlib.
The rival Islamic State IS organisation is also accused of executing several women and men for alleged adultery or homosexuality.
Another Islamist group threw a man thought to be gay off a building in the northern province of Aleppo. Observatory director Rami Abdel Rahman said that more executions might have taken place elsewhere in Syria that were not documented.
Fighting broke out in December when President Salva Kiir accused his sacked deputy Riek Machar of attempting a coup. Trade with landlocked South Sudan has been cut and almost half a million refugees are in neighbouring nations.
Woman dies in Egypt of H5N1 bird flu A year-old Egyptian woman has died from the H5N1 strain of bird flu, the health ministry said yesterday, the second victim of the virus this month.
The World Health Organisation WHO says there has been a recent jump in the number of H5N1 infections in people in Egypt, but says there does not appear to have been any major genetic change in the flu strain to explain the rise in human cases.
The latest victim came from the central province of Assiut, the health ministry said in a statement. Seven other cases are currently being treated and three have recovered this year, the ministry said.
President Peter Mutharika declared a third of the southern African country a disaster zone on Tuesday. Floods have hit the south the hardest, with officials saying many of the victims died in Mangochi district, km south of capital Blantyre.
Two men were killed and their bodies burned by an angry mob in Guinea convinced that the victims infected a local with Ebola, in the latest violence spurred by the deadly disease, police said yesterday.
Residents of the western village of Dar-es-Salaam attacked a group of three police officers and their driver who stopped there Saturday while on their way to a funeral.
During their visit, one in the group gave a sedative to a local healer who was suffering from an undescribed illness.
After the healer died his wife called for help from locals, who responded violently, Guinea police Commissioner Boubacar Kasse told AFP.
Ongwen, who surrendered last week and was in the custody of US special forces in the Central African Republic, has been sought by the ICC for almost a decade to face charges including war crimes, murder, enslavement, inhumane acts and directing attacks against civilians.
The court will seize 30 properties, eight vehicles and three tractors as well as bank accounts worth 26mn CFA francs from Abah Abah, who was convicted with three others including Pascal Manga, who was sentenced in absentia.
South African companies are required by law to give preference in hiring to blacks disadvantaged under apartheid. Nigeria troops repel Boko Haram attack Reuters Maiduguri N igerian security forces yesterday repelled an attack by Islamist rebels on the northeastern town of Biu, killing several of the insurgents, witnesses and the military said.
It was the second attack on a major town by Boko Haram militants in the past two weeks. In December the Shebaab executed 36 non-Muslim quarry workers in a Kenyan border town, following an attack in November when they killed 28 passengers on board a bus.
Baga was the headquarters of a multinational force with troops from Chad, Niger and Cameroon. The militants have killed scores and razed dozens of homes there, with the military putting the death toll at , while some local officials have put it as high as 2, The rebels remain in control of Baga, which Nigerian forces backed by air power have tried so far unsuccessfully to retake.
On Tuesday, a suicide bomber blew himself up outside a mosque in the northeastern city of Gombe, killing at least two other people and wounding 14 during prayers.
The government has accused witch doctors of fuelling these killings by luring people to bring albino body parts which they grind up with herbs, roots and sea water to make charms and spells that they claim bring good luck and wealth.
The nationwide ban come less than a week after UN officials urged the government to step up efforts to end the discrimination and attacks after a girl was abducted last month from her home in northern Mwanza region.
She is still missing. We will leave no stone unturned until Tanzania says ready to take on Congo rebels Reuters Dar es Salaam T A Zimbabwean villager weeps in front of burning and demolished makeshift shelters at Manzou Farm in Mazowe.
About families are facing eviction from a farm near Harare after the government stated that the land was earmarked for a game park and was declared a national heritage.
The villagers have been granted a court order stopping the evictions. The operation would be expanded to other areas later.
He said the task force will also have the mandate to review previous court cases of albino attacks and killings to gather new evidence and further research the motive for attacks.
The Director of Public Prosecution would prioritise these cases. The government has previously been widely criticised for failing to act to stop these macabre murders.
The Tanzania Albino Society welcomed the move, saying it would help end the worsening plight of albinos. But Rashid Mauwa, a traditional healer from the Bunju area of Dar es Salaam, said he feared the ban would lead to victimisation of healers of whom only a few engage in witchcraft.
I am only using traditional herbs to help people who do not respond to conventional medicines. Why am I being punished? Albinism is a congenital disorder which affects about one in 20, people worldwide, according to medical authorities.
It is, however, more common in sub-Saharan Africa, affecting an estimated one Tanzanian in 1, The UN has been under pressure to take out remaining guerrilla movements in eastern Congo after the intervention force defeated a 5,strong force of M23 rebels in However, its Office for the Coordiation for Humanitarian Affairs said the offensive being planned with the assistance of Congolese government troops would affect hundreds of thousands of civilians.
Earlier this month, UN and Congolese forces launched strikes against remnants of a smaller Burundian rebel group that a diplomat said was aimed at clearing the way for an offensive against the FDLR.
Congress has tried for years to pass legislation to encourage companies to share data from cyberattacks with the government and each other.
Liability issues raised by companies and privacy concerns of civil liberties groups contributed to the failure to implement such laws.
On Monday, the Twitter and YouTube accounts of the US military command that oversees operations in the Middle East were hacked by people claiming to be sympathetic toward the Islamic State militant group being targeted in American bombing raids.
Obama has moved cybersecurity to the top of his agenda, seeing it as an area where cooperation is possible with the Republican-led Congress.
Reaction from other congressional leaders was also positive. The White House will also try to build support for the legislation at a cybersecurity summit scheduled for Feb.
Obama proposed legislation in that died in Congress. The Winter Jam, to be held on January 24 is the ultimate snow day, a free winter sports festival for New Yorkers of all ages, where you can go skiing, snowshoeing, shop in a winter market, and sledding in fresh snow, right in the heart of New York City.
Man who threatened to murder Boehner charged A n Ohio bartender suspected of wanting to poison US House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner has been charged with threatening to murder the Republican politician, court documents showed on Tuesday.
Michael Hoyt, who served Boehner at a country club in Ohio and checked into a psychiatric facility after he was questioned by police on Oct.
And it would make selling stolen credit card information overseas a crime and would allow authorities to prosecute the sale of botnets, computer networks linked to cybercrime.
He also wants to require companies to tell consumers within 30 days from the discovery of a data breach that their personal information has been compromised.
Alarm sends astronauts to shelter at space station AFP Miami Reuters Washington hacking on North Korea Privacy advocates applauded the proposal to require companies to strip private information from data they share, and cautiously welcomed a call for new privacy rules that would determine how federal agencies are allowed to use and store such data.
Hoyt dialed on Oct. A police officer checked on Hoyt at his home in Deer Park, Ohio, and Hoyt told the officer he had lost his job at a country club where Boehner is a member, court papers said.
Hoyt also told the officer he was going to kill Boehner because the speaker was mean to him and was responsible for the Ebola outbreak, court papers said.
An attorney for Hoyt could not be reached for comment. A federal judge last month ordered that Hoyt be transported to a facility run by the US Bureau of Prisons for a psychiatric evaluation requested by his attorneys.
It was unclear on Tuesday if the evaluation had been done. The six-member crew donned emergency masks and hurried to the Russian side of the orbiting lab two separate times after the problem was noticed at around 4am GMT.
Ammonia is used in the cooling and heating systems at the orbiting outpost. The six astronauts taking shelter in the Russian segment have enough food for at least a week, Nasa said.
Suffredini said the goal is to get the two Americans and one European astronaut back to their regular quarters by this evening.
The International Space Station is a rare area of US-Russian cooperation that has not been hit by the crisis in Ukraine, which has prompted Washington to impose sanctions on Moscow.
Since Nasa phased out the space shuttle system in , it depends entirely on Russia to send its astronauts to the ISS. The Expedition 42 crew had been awake for about two hours before the alarm sounded, and was at work unloading the SpaceX Dragon cargo carrier which arrived days ago with more than 2.
Suffredini said some freezers had to be temporarily turned off, but that no research had been lost.
Two women and four men are on board the space station, making up a crew that hails from Russia, the US and Italy.
US judge denies Boston trial delay over Paris attacks A US judge yesterday denied a request from the Boston bombings suspect to delay jury selection in his trial on the grounds that the Paris attacks could influence potential jurors.
The court papers were published by US media. Top automakers throw millions of dollars at researching what the latest tastes are, and say the colour of a vehicle is so important to customers that it can be the difference between buying or not.
But there was no mistaking the pre-eminence of white. Particularly at the Volkswagen stand, where several cars, the stairs and much of the furniture was white.
In a multibillion-dollar indus- try, nothing is put to chance and nothing is done by mistake, of course. Sitting at a white table, on white chairs, in a white room, Oona Scheepers of Volkswagen said: But before that, white was really not selling in Europe because people associated it with delivery cars and it looked cheap.
White is booming worldwide. So if one were to choose a black vehicle over a white one, what kind of person would that make you?
But people in hot countries like white. And then in a country like South Africa you often have to overtake into direct, oncoming traffic, but white is very visible.
Metallic grey or black just melts into the colour of the tar, so it is not that visible. Environment, culture and climate can all effect what colour car someone might buy, she added.
Scheepers, however, saw stark contrasts between some countries, particularly when it comes to the United States and China. America is still quite subdued.
Volkswagen research turned up a surprising anomaly, said Scheepers. It found that younger buyers want more sober-coloured vehicles - while older consumers go for brighter ones.
Jason Clark, director of public information for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, told AFP that the accident occurred on a busy stretch of highway shortly after dawn, as the bus carried inmates from one prison facility in Abilene in western Texas to another in the city of El Paso.
Officials said they did not know what caused the bus to leave the roadway, but said that visibility at the time was poor and the roadway was slick, with temperatures hovering around freezing.
Texas prison officials, who said an investigation was underway, lamented the loss of life. But the bill included several amendments torpedoing the plan Obama unveiled last November, which authorised the administration to provide work permits for millions of undocumented workers.
One amendment would also freeze the program Obama launched in that shields certain undocumented minors from deportation. Another prioritises expulsions among certain categories of undocumented criminal offenders.
The last comprehensive immigration reform by US lawmakers dates back to Since then, all attempts at major revisions have failed, most recently in amid conservative opposition.
Democratic lawmakers, labor unions and rights groups have complained bitterly about the obstruction, but they let loose yesterday over what they believe is a misguided Republican focus on deportations.
The White House has promised a presidential veto of the amended legislation, which has virtually no chance of passing the Senate where Democrats have a blocking minority.
Congress has until February 27 to formalise funding for DHS, which oversees border security, immigration and customs, and the Secret Service tasked with protecting the president.
Climbers make final push to top of El Capitan Two climbers trying to scale a sheer granite face of the 3,ft m El Capitan rock formation in Yosemite National Park without climbing tools made a final push toward the summit yesterday, hoping to reach the top by late afternoon.
Caldwell and Jorgeson, who began their climb on Dec. The Dawn Wall of El Capitan is divided into 32 climbing pitches, which are varying lengths of rock that the climbers are trying to master with only their hands and feet.
The wall has been scaled before, first by legendary climber Warren Harding in , but never before without climbing tools.
Caldwell and Jorgeson had reached the final 11 pitches on Tuesday after working their way past some of the toughest stretches on the rock.
Jorgeson struggled for several days last week on difficult pitch 15, at one point being forced to rest for two days while the skin on his fingers healed after being ripped off by razor-sharp ledges.
The two climbers are using safety ropes in case of falls, and using ropes and other tools to move back and forth from their campsite perched high on the rock.
Because the warmth of the day can cause their hands and feet to perspire, the two often start climbing at dusk. An updated Google Translate application enables smartphones to translate signs, menus and more into English.
The California-based Internet titan is hoping that, along with making it easier for people to understand one another on their travels, Google Translate will serve as a useful tool for teachers, medical personnel, police and others with important roles in increasingly multi-lingual communities.
Google turns smartphones into real-time translators AFP San Francisco G oogle yesterday began turning smartphones into real-time language translators - of both written and spoken content.
The California-based Internet titan is hoping that, along with making it easier for people to understand one another on their travels, Google Translate will serve as a useful tool for teachers, medical personnel, police and others with important roles in increasingly multilingual communities.
The company began rolling out a new version of a free Google Translate application that, in part, lets people point Android or Apple smartphones at signs, menus, recipes or other material written in French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Russian, or Spanish and see it in English.
The feature builds on Word Lens technology that Google acquired last year when it bought Quest Visual, a startup founded by former video game developer Otavio Good.
Word Lens uses video mode Plants vs ants: The research involved an Asian species of pitcher plant, so named because its leaves form cupshaped insect traps that look like a pitcher.
When the rim of the plant becomes wet, it gets extremely slippery and ants walking on the surface fall victim to the voracious vegetation.
In hot, sunny weather, however, the surface dries and becomes safe for ants to visit. Numerous ants then march unwittingly into the trap in search of food and are captured because the plant has made its trap slippery and inescapable.
So by letting the individual scouts escape, the plant eventually manages to capture much more prey. To control when its trap is slippery, the pitcher plant secretes sugary nectar that primes the trapping surface to become wet through condensation at lower humidity levels than other plant surfaces.
That activates the trap during afternoons when many day-active insects are still out and about. There are about species of carnivorous plants known worldwide.
The pitcher plants generally grow in nutrient-poor habitats, which is why they capture animal prey to feed on. Most species trap insects. A few attract small mammals and collect their faeces for nourishment.
Word Lens in Google Translate operates independent of the Internet, avoiding data charges from telecommunication service providers, he explained.
The new Google Translate also features a conversation mode that uses voice recognition and the power of the Internet cloud to translate both sides of a chat between people speaking different languages, the demonstration showed.
People pair any two of 38 language options, then smartphones listen in and convert them during chats. An automated voice speaks translations, which are displayed in writing on smartphone screens, while transcripts of chats can be saved.
Computing power for translating conversations comes from Google servers, so connections to the Internet through WiFi or telecom carriers are needed.
The team at Google is working to expand available languages and capabilities, according to Good. When the trap gets wet, it suddenly becomes super-slippery and captures all visitors in one sweep.
On Monday, authorities in Ottawa arrested Suliman Mohamed, He faces charges of participating in the activities of a terrorist group, and conspiring to participate in terrorism with yearold twin brothers who were arrested on Friday.
Carlos was headed to Syria, the CBC reported. The arrests come after Islamist attacks in France killed 17 people, including 12 people at the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo.
In October, two soldiers were killed in separate attacks in Canada. In one, a soldier was fatally shot while standing watch at the War Memorial in Ottawa.
Underwater photos showed the cracked fuselage and part of a wing of Flight QZ, that went down on December 28 in stormy weather during a short trip from the Indonesian city of Surabaya to Singapore.
The discovery of the fuselage is the latest boost in a lengthy search operation in Indonesian waters hampered by bad weather.
An image believed to be of the fuselage of AirAsia Flight QZ, taken by an underwater remotely operated vehicle provided by the Singaporean Navy, is shown during a news conference in Jakarta.
But his administration has been mired in graft and he is frequently criticised for ignoring human rights and stamping out dissent.
When Cambodia fell into civil war in , Hun Sen became a foot soldier for what later emerged as the Khmer Rouge -the genocidal regime that killed up to 2mn people.
He rose to the rank of deputy regional commander before defecting to Vietnam and eventually returning with Vietnamese troops to oust the regime, later climbing to the top of the Hanoiinstalled government in Cambodia.
The Singapore navy ship was part of a huge international hunt for the plane, which also included US and Chinese ships.
Investigators have started retrieving data from the recorders and converting it into a usable format, which will take around a week, before the lengthy analysis process can begin, committee head Tatang Kurniadi said.
At a port near Pangkalan Bun, the search headquarters on Borneo island, Indonesian investigators and their French counterparts also began examining the tail, which was lifted out of the water at the weekend.
In his last communication, the experienced pilot said he wanted to change course to avoid the storm. Then all contact was lost, about 40 minutes after take-off.
The incident has prompted a public outcry in the Muslim majority country, with conservatives denouncing both the popular Korean K-pop genre and the girls.
Official religious purity enforcers have given the girls one week to turn themselves in or face arrest, local media reported. In the video, the band members are shown bringing fans wearing headscarves up on stage during an event in Kuala Lumpur last weekend, crooning to them and cuddling them, with one band member kissing a fan on the forehead.
Malaysian religious civil law includes strict codes of conduct when it comes to public displays of affection. Amid the controversy, a satirical cartoon with Malay language captions appeared on Facebook, glorifying women who joined militants in Syria but condemning female K-pop fans as degrading the religion.
It had received more than 13, likes by yesterday afternoon. Organisers of the concert have apologised for the incident.
Despite the language barrier, scores of young Malaysian women and teenagers are ardent fans of heavily styled Kpop with its teen-idol groups, glossy hooks and meticulously choreographed dance moves.
Fourth ship to join search for missing jet Reuters Sydney A fourth search vessel equipped with a sophisticated underwater drone is set to join the search for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH, the Australian search co-ordinator said yesterday.
Months of searches have failed to turn up any trace of the Boeing aircraft, which disappeared on March 8, carrying passengers and crew shortly after taking off from the Malaysian capital of Kuala Lumpur, bound for Beijing.
The new search vessel, Fugro Supporter, is equipped with a Kongsberg HUGIN autonomous underwa- ter vehicle AUV , which is pre-programmed with an area to search and then released, rather than tethered to a ship via a cable.
Fugro Supporter is expected to arrive in the search area in late January. Heather Mack, who is pregnant, and Tommy Schaefer could face the death penalty if found guilty of the premeditated murder of Sheila von Wiese Mack, 62, whose body was found in the case in the boot of a taxi in August.
Tommy Schaefer listens to an interpreter while sitting in the court. Using both hands, Schaefer blindly hit her as hard as he could between her eyes and nose with the fruit bowl.
Mack and Schaefer, who went on trial separately, refused to speak to reporters after the trial. The next hearing will be on January The victim and the suspects are all from the Chicago area.
A petition drawn up by the family of one of the victims and seen by AFP blames Shanghai government officials, police and medical personnel for the accident and emergency response.
By doing so in writing it escalates the dispute. Attempts by AFP to reach the original drafter of the petition, the family of vic- tim Gu Yinli, were unsuccessful.
Gu, a year-old white collar worker, had gone to the Bund with four friends, the Beijing News reported. Petitioning is a time-honoured method of seeking redress for grievances in China, from imperial times to the present.
Under Communist Party rule, it is often the channel used when other avenues fail. The undated petition also alleged that the death toll was higher than the official tally.
Some of the controversy has focused on the relocation of a light show on the Bund, with many revellers not properly informed or still going to the Bund, a large public space where people traditionally gather.
But observers say the question is whether higher level officials will share the blame. Detained residents sew lips shut at Australian refugee camp Reuters Sydney H undreds of asylum seekers have gone on hunger strike at an Australian immigration detention centre in Papua New Guinea, rights groups said yesterday, with some sewing their lips shut to highlight fears for their security.
The detention centre on Manus Island in Papua New Guinea was the scene of deadly riots in February , in which one asylum seeker was killed and more than 70 injured after residents overran the camp, attacking detainees with makeshift weapons.
The protests began after detainees were told they would be moved into new accommodation, which they feared they make them more vulnerable to attack, said An asylum seeker with his lips sewn together in the Manus Island detention centre in Papua New Guinea.
Ian Rintoul, executive director of the Refugee Action Coalition. Manus Island is one of the poorest regions of Papua New Guinea and residents have repeatedly expressed anger at the prospect of refugees being resettled in a community already lacking jobs.
Many of the detainees have been in the camps as long as 18 months and a technical problem has left them without running water for bathing.
A photograph provided to Reuters yesterday shows what appears to be a detainee with his lips stitched shut. Others also had their lips sealed with stitches, a source with knowledge of the camps said.
Under new laws instituted by former prime minister Kevin Rudd, none of the asylum seekers in Papua New Guinea will ever be eligible for resettlement in Australia, even if they are found to be genuine refugees.
A spokesman for immigration minister Peter Dutton did not respond to requests from Reuters for comment.
Settling in Papua New Guinea would also appear to be out of the question. Police arrested more than suspects in the crackdown, with one group in the eastern province of Shandong suspected of housing pregnant women in a factory and selling their newborns, the state-run Global Times daily said.
A total of traffickers from eight gangs were arrested in several cities, during a two-month investigation, the report said.
The official Xinhua news agency said that one of the groups was suspected of selling more than 20 babies, while another in Yanzhou in Shandong was accused of selling 12 newborns since China has seen multiple cases of human trafficking in recent years, Xinhua said.
In March , Chinese police rescued 92 children and two women and detained suspects. Prostitution ring busted in Macau AFP Macau P olice in the Chinese gambling enclave of Macau have busted a major prostitution ring and arrested more than people, including the nephew of gaming tycoon Stanley Ho, city authorities said yesterday.
A photograph in the South China Morning Post showed him handcuffed and being led away by police. According to a police statement, one million patacas in cash was discovered during the bust and a computer containing a list of 2, prostitutes was seized.
Driving school to pay for tsunami deaths DPA Tokyo A Japanese driving school was ordered Tuesday to pay damages for failing to evacuate students and staff quickly enough ahead of the tsunami, local media reported.
The school in the northeastern prefecture of Miyagi must pay 1. But they were too late to escape the waves that caught 23 of the people in fleeing cars, two still on foot and one member of staff who had been told to stay at the driving school and clean up.
About 18, people were left dead or missing by the disaster, which also triggered a triple meltdown at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station.
The largest budget item, social welfare spending, will rise 1tn yen to a record For the year to March , Tokyo will spend 4.
Japan is increasingly wary of Beijing, which is seen by several countries in the region as becoming aggressive over various sovereignty claims.
China responded cautiously to the an- Prime minister Shinzo Abe is surrounded by press after a cabinet meeting at his official residence in Tokyo nouncement, urging Tokyo to pay heed to the past.
The premier had wanted to alter the constitution to reduce restrictions on the armed forces, but was unable to muster sufficient public support, and moved instead to reinterpret the relevant clause to allow the military to come to the aid of an ally under attack.
The cash will also go towards the construction of one Aegis destroyer, and fund the deployment surveillance units around the southern islands of Okinawa and Amami.
The Abe cabinet decided in late to set aside roughly Japan and China have routinely butted heads over the ownership of the Tokyocontrolled Senkaku Islands, which Beijing claims as the Diaoyus, with official Chinese ships and aircraft regularly testing Japanese forces.
Separately, Chinese naval ships and military jets are seen increasing their activities around Japan, while an unpredictable North Korea continues its missile and nuclear programmes.
Before Leung gave his annual speech, opposition lawmakers disrupted proceedings, calling on him to step down.
Some held up banners demanding full democracy and then walked out of the legislature under yellow umbrellas - a symbol of the protests. The policy blueprint has been a key platform for leaders in the Chinese-controlled city to hand out billions to the lessadvantaged in the form of tax breaks, or to signal shifts in economic, property and political policies.
Beijing has allowed a free vote for city leader in , but insists on screening candidates. Protesters demanding full democracy occupied parts of the city for more than two months late last year with Leung himself a target of their anger.
Leung reiterated that Beijing leaders had absolute authority over the city, and the screening of candidates for Hong Kong leader by a nominating committee stacked with Beijing loyalists was the only option.
The opposition wants open nominations. In a speech lacking major initiatives, Leung focused on bread-and-butter issues including housing - an important topic in the densely populated city of 7.
The scheme had been seen as a back-door for affluent mainland Chinese to get Hong Kong residency and squirrel away their wealth.
The offshore yuan market has slowed markedly thanks to more offshore yuan hubs coming on stream. Standard Chartered Bank recently shut its global equities operations and laid off some Hong Kong staff.
Meanwhile, more foreign professionals would be lured by an acrossthe-board lowering of entry criterion. A report by the website NK News in September said the page, which previously posted schedule information and news on aviation tours to North Korea, was operated by airline enthusiasts.
North Korea has repeatedly denied involvement in the cyber-attack against Sony. The prosecution official said a Seoul court on Tuesday granted a request to detain Hwang on charges of breaking the National Security Law.
Hwang denied the charges as she entered the court for a hearing. Hundreds of people have been killed in resource-rich Xinjiang, strategically located on the borders of central Asia, in violence in the past two years between the Muslim Uighur people and ethnic majority Han Chinese.
The mother told police the object looked suspicious because it had a mobile phone taped up with wire hanging out of it.
Police removed the object and blew it up in a nearby football pitch. They were questioning the year-old son. People are our biggest strength and we are very proud of the dedication and commitment of all our employees, which enables us to continually support RasGas officials with employees at Ras Laffan during the Qatar National Day celebrations.
The celebrations took place in the newly built garden area in front of the administration building. Traffic Tech emerged the winner among other shortlisted companies from Qatar and other GCC countries.
The Construction Week Awards are was performed by school students. A food stall was also set up where traditional dishes were offered.
As a celebration of the diversity and inclusiveness of RasGas, the employees were encouraged to wear the traditional clothing of their country on the day.
Musharbash right receiving the award from Moon. The photography contest was aimed at encouraging talented employees to put their skills and artistic abilities on display by taking pictures that depict life in Qatar.
Five winners for the best submitted photographs were announced during the event and awarded gifts in appreciation of their contribution.
The holiday means a lot to our dignity as a people and we are honoured to mark this special day. On the occasion, Nakilat managing director Abdullah al-Sulaiti accompanied employees to the Darb Al Saai grounds for a celebration of traditional Qatari culture.
At the outset of the meeting, the agenda was read and then approved. Later, the Council endorsed minutes of the previous Session. Total holds National Day photo contest T otal has concluded its yearly Qatar National Week celebrations, featuring a variety of Qatarthemed events to promote the national spirit among all in the company.
All employees were invited to experience Qatari hospitality in the majlis while indulging in Reyooq, a Qatari breakfast, and a Qatari lunch.
Wafaa al-Saffar, an employee of Total, said: My National Day photo competition, suited for adult participants, was also launched, calling upon them to capture the essence of Qatar and the spirit of National Day celebrations.
The winners of the two competitions will be commemorated in a special ceremony during the Total Marhaba Day celebrations, which is equivalent to Family Day, due to take place late next month.
I would also like to congratulate the organisers of our Qatar National Week celebrations for their successful efforts in promoting a sense of unity among both Qataris and non-Qataris through events, which also honour the rich traditions of Qatar.
Barwa Bank management and employees expressed their collective sense of national pride and patriotism and celebrated Qatar, its proud history and heritage and its people and extended warm greetings to HH the Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani, HH the Father Emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani and the Qatari people.
In a statement, Barwa Bank said: We look towards as a continuation of the growth and prosperity for the bank as well as the continuing success and achievement enjoyed by this great country.
Like most Pathans, known for their tough, battle-hardened nature, defeat is unacceptable. A dirham ticket gives fans a comfortable seat in the stands or a place on the mound and the rest is enjoyment.
They come in large numbers to watch sixes and boundaries in a Twenty20 or a one-day international. And that is the reason that allrounder Shahid Afridi, who hails from the Khyber Agency, is the star attraction even after 18 years in the game.
Those military sweeps resulted in his shops being razed. Most businesses and schools were shut yesterday in response to a call for protests made by the separatist Southern Movement.
Saudi Arabia yesterday beheaded a child rapist. Authorities carried out the sentence against him in Buraydah city, northwest of Riyadh, the ministry said in a statement carried by the official Saudi Press Agency.
He also cited the use of energy resources, primarily electricity, by refugees unable to pay for it. Tourism has also been hit hard, Derbas said of some , tourists who used to arrive overland via Syria.
The seven, all members of the Baath party which has ruled Syria for 50 years, were detained last week, the official said, speaking on condition of anonymity.
He confessed to having kidnapped a member of the Syrian rebel group Ahrar al-Sham, and is also suspected of abducting a Syrian opposition member more than a month ago in eastern Lebanon and a sheikh he handed over to the Syrian authorities.
Jordan training for soldiers to begin soon Reuters Amman J People watch from the Turkish border as smoke rises from Kobane, in this October 26 file photo.
Kobane is strategically situated in northern Syria close to the Turkish border. To Syrian Kurds, the town is a symbol of resistance and pride.
The Kurds are backed by USled air strikes that started against the extremist group in Syria in late September. Should Kobane fall to Islamic State, it would give the Al Qaeda splinter group control over an area of at least km near the Turkish-Syrian border, which could become a major supply route for the radical militia.
The world should do more to help. They should open humanitarian passages for our people. The peshmerga, who have come to Kobane with their weapons, have made a difference.
But this is still not enough. She believes that victory for Kurds there is imminent. We are peaceful people.
Speaking after meeting Jordanian King Abdullah, Khaled al Obeidi said Amman would also supply the Iraqi army with arms needed for its drawn-out fight against the radical Islamists who have seized wide swathes of the north and west of his country.
Obeidi was due to visit Jordanian army camps today. The fall of large parts of Anbar province bordering Jordan to IS poses a major security risk for the kingdom, officials say.
Obeidi speaks to the media in Amman yesterday. The farm was located in the Nile Delta province of Sharqiya, northeast of Cairo.
A car bomb found at the scene was detonated by remote control, the statement said. Police also seized suicide belts, weapons and ammunition.
Ansar Beit al-Maqdis Partisans of Jerusalem has claimed an October 24 suicide bombing that killed 30 soldiers in North Sinai, a brazen attack that sparked a state of emergency.
The militants say their attacks are to avenge a government crackdown targeting supporters of ousted Islamist president Mohamed Mursi that has left at least 1, people dead.
The group has pledged allegiance to the Islamic State group that has captured swathes of territory in Syria and Iraq. Wait at border Coca-Cola factory being built in Gaza Palestinians await permission to enter Egypt as they gather at the Rafah border crossing between Egypt and southern Gaza Strip yesterday.
Around Palestinians left Gaza through the Rafah crossing the previous day after Cairo authorised a temporary reopening of the border, a Palestinian official said.
Coca-Cola yesterday began construction of its first plant in the Gaza Strip, the Israeli army confirmed. Once complete, the plant is expected to create 1, jobs in the industrial complex of Karni, where it will be based.
One of the men responsible for the venture is Palestinian businessman Zahi Churi, who already runs a Coca-Cola factory in Ramallah.
Essebsi - now 88 - held key posts under Habib Bourguiba, the father of Tunisian independence, but also under dictator Zine El Abidine Ben Ali who was deposed in An anti-Islamist lawyer, Essebsi became prime minister after the revolt and organised parliamentary elections later that year.
His detractors had accused him of seeking to restore the regime of Ben Ali, who clung to power for 23 years before fleeing, combining authoritarian rule with a degree of prosperity and stability for his people.
After independence from France in , he became an adviser to Bourguiba, holding a number of key jobs under him and later under Ben Ali.
Over the years, Essebsi was director general of the national police and interior minister. He later held the defence portfolio before becoming ambassador to France.
He also served in parliament, holding the speakership in and When Ben Ali skipped the country for exile in Saudi Arabia on January 14, , prime minister Mohamed Ghannouchi declared himself president.
But just a day later, parliament speaker Fouad Mebazaa took the reins of power. Ghannouchi remained premier for another six weeks, before Mebazaa called on Essebsi to replace him and head an interim government until elections for a constituent assembly could be held.
In October this year, Nidaa Tounes emerged as the winner in parliamentary elections, with Ennahda coming in a close second. It is also difficult to corner him.
During the campaign he was taken to task for the way he responded to criticism by a female Islamist member of the constituent assembly. Essebsi is married and has two sons and two daughters.
A supporter of Essebsi celebrates in Tunis yesterday. Essebsi wins Tunisia presidential election Essebsi takes Essebsi, an year-old former official in previous Tunisian regimes, took Essebsi had claimed victory shortly after polls closed but Marzouki, a long-exiled year-old rights activist, refused initially to concede defeat.
Essebsi thanked Marzouki and told him: Participation in the second round was The vote was seen as a landmark in Tunisia, which sparked the Arab Spring mass revolutions with the ouster of long-time strongman Zine El Abidine Ben Ali.
Essebsi accused his rival of representing the moderately Islamist party Ennahda that ruled after the revolution and which installed him as president.
Continued divisions were clear as some protesters clashed with police at El Hamma in the south, where Marzouki had widespread support. The Benghazi Medical Centre said it received the bodies of seven people and 35 wounded in the clashes, while Al Jala hospital said it took in four bodies and 25 wounded.
An injured soldier receives medical treatment in Benghazi yesterday. Islamist militias rarely report their casualties. The revolution that began in Tunisia spread to many parts of the Arab world, with mass protests in Egypt, Libya, Syria and Yemen.
Nidaa Tounes won parliamentary polls in October and Essebsi promised to begin the process of forming a government after the presidential vote. Ennahda came second in the general election and has not ruled out joining in a governing coalition.
Under a new post-revolution constitution, presidential powers have been curbed to guard against a return to dictatorship. The next government will face major challenges.
A nascent jihadist threat has also emerged, with militant groups long suppressed under Ben Ali carrying out several attacks including the killings of two anti-Islamist politicians.
The president who has visibly lost weight in recent months, also dismissed public sentiments that he might be lining up Ramaphosa to take over as he appears to be delegating him more tasks than normal.
Zuma last week assigned Ramaphosa to oversee the running of three troubled state companies, including the energy provider Eskom following weeks of rolling electricity blackouts that have cost the country hundreds of millions of dollars.
Zuma also vowed to stop opposition lawmakers, who had hounded him out of parliament, to disrupt the national assembly.
But in the interview on Sunday, Zuma said that these incidents would no longer be tolerated. Zuma is due to deliver his state of nation address to parliament on February 12 next year.
Zuma said he had not violated any regulations. Muslims trapped in CAR: The rights group said about 1, Muslims - many of them ethnic Peuhl herders - are trapped in Yaloke, Carnot and Boda, where they arrived when fleeing attacks by the largely Christian anti-Balaka militia in late and early The conditions are the worst in Yaloke, where 42 people have died from malnutrition and diseases since February.
Keeping a safe distance An Ebola patient, who only provided his first name as Peter right , talks to his wife from within the quarantined zone in the Kerry town Ebola treatment centre outside Freetown, capital of Sierra Leone, yesterday.
The blast hit the Dukku motor park on the outskirts of Gombe city, capital of Gombe state, at roughly Kikwete yesterday defended the transfer of funds, saying there was no wrongdoing by government officials in the deal and PAP said the payment was legal.
The attack happened as reports emerged that Boko Haram militants had torched the town of Geidam in neighbouring Yobe state at the weekend. The bomb in Gombe was planted near a bus that was filling up with passengers, said Mato Yakubu of the National Orientation Agency, a government body responsible for the media.
The city was hit by a triple bombing blamed on the Islamists on October Witness Awwalu Lame said a mob formed at the station shortly after the blast went off, with locals throwing stones at the security services.
Anger has risen across northern Nigeria amid complaints that the security services have repeatedly failed to contain the violence.
While experts agree that isolated bombings are extremely difficult to stop, the broader military response to the extremist uprising has been widely criticised.
Boko Haram gunmen stormed Geidam in Yobe on Sunday, setting fire to several buildings and forcing residents to flee to the bush, witnesses said.
The attackers rampaged late into the night and reportedly faced no resistance from the military.
While some people fled, others locked themselves in houses that were later torched and locals were going door-to-door to see if any lives were lost.
Details of attacks in the remote region often take several days to emerge due to the poor mobile phone network. The insurgency has forced more than 1.
Underscoring the severity of the crisis, people, mostly women and children, were kidnapped on December 14 from the town of Gumsuri in Borno.
The attack recalled the kidnapping of more than girls from a school in the town of Chibok in April, a mass abduction that Jonathan vowed would not happen again.
According to park officials, Hwange is home to over 53, elephants and as a result of overpopulation, the country is now considering selling part of the herd to buyers in France, the United Arab Emirates and China.
Authorities in the central African nation of Burundi said yesterday they had arrested the brother of a man who was killed in France after a suspected Islamist-motivated attack.
Bertrand Nzohabonayo was shot dead on Saturday after entering the police station armed with a knife, seriously wounding two officers - slashing one in the face - and hurting another.
He added that Burundi had told France last year that the two brothers - who regularly visited Burundi - should be considered suspect because of their extremist religious views.
Mugabe fires more cabinet ministers Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe has fired two cabinet ministers and five deputy ministers, the presidency announced late Sunday, in an apparent purge targeting allies of his former deputy Joice Mujuru.
The move came after months of political upheaval in Zimbabwe over the succession to year-old Mugabe when he dies or steps down.
The two were seen as allies of former vice president Mujuru, who was dismissed two weeks ago along with seven cabinet ministers and a deputy minister.
Five deputy ministers - for health, justice, rural affairs, work and transport - were also dismissed on Sunday. De Blasio calls for pause in protests Mayor De Blasio is attempting to bring his estranged police force back into the fold Reuters New York N ew York City Mayor Bill de Blasio sought to ease tensions with the police force on Monday, calling for a suspension of protests against the use of excessive force until after the funerals of two officers killed by a gunman over the weekend.
De Blasio, a Democrat who has come under intense criticism from some police unions for his handling of protests over police killings of unarmed black men, asked the city to stand by families of the officers slain on Saturday.
Then debate can begin again. The gunman then killed himself. Earlier yesterday, police commissioner William Bratton urged an easing of tensions after some in his force accused de Blasio of being insufficiently supportive of police.
This is something that should be bringing us all together, not taking us apart. De Blasio was elected last year on a promise to advance civil rights after two decades of his predecessors emphasizing law and order policies that helped New York shed its reputation for violent crime.
Several police officers turned their backs on de Blasio in protest when he arrived at the Brooklyn hospital where the two officers were taken after they were shot.
The police union said the mayor had blood on his hands. Bratton said he considered it inappropriate for police officers to turn their backs on the mayor.
He said labour talks and pension concerns were fuelling their discontent. De Blasio and Bratton earlier yesterday visited the families of both officers.
The grand juries that investigated the killings of Michael Brown in Ferguson and Eric Garner in New York found that the police officers involved broke no laws.
On Monday, a Milwaukee prosecutor said that a police officer would not be charged for the April fatal shooting of a black man. A foundation established by late New York Yankees owner George Steinbrenner will pay for the education expenses of the two children of slain officer Rafael Ramos, a spokeswoman said yesterday.
Ramos, 40, and his partner, Wenjian Liu, 28, were shot dead in the BedfordStuyvesant neighbourhood of Brooklyn.
Liu had recently married and did not have any children. Former police officer not charged in Milwaukee shooting death Reuters Milwaukee A former Milwaukee police officer who fatally shot an unarmed black man was acting in self defence and will not be charged, the district attorney said yesterday, two days after dozens of demonstrators calling for justice in the case were arrested.
Wenjian Liu, 32, and Rafael Ramos, 40, were shot in the head through the window of their patrol car in broad daylight in Brooklyn on Saturday following weeks of anti-police protests.
Officers described Brinsley as an extremely disturbed individual with a clear anti-police bias. Some police lashed out at de Blasio, accusing him of creating a dangerous mood by allowing demonstrators to shut down New York streets in protest at recent police killings of unarmed black men.
Perhaps in an effort to calm the situation, NYPD unions decided not to comment on the situation until further notice. The mayor was allowing them to take the streets.
When I was the mayor, nobody took my streets. Other threats were phoned into a police station in Staten Island, where black father of six Eric Garner died after being held in a police chokehold in July, and made on Facebook.
The New York Post also reported that police cars were sabotaged in The Bronx and that a Bronx teenager pulled the trigger of his gun at officers after emptying the weapon shooting out windows.
The Hamilton family called for the US department of justice to investigate. We are going to stay strong. Protests have been held in Milwaukee since the incident occurred.
On Friday, 74 people were taken into custody after an evening demonstration spilled onto a highway and stopped rush hour traffic.
Demonstrations against the use of ex- cessive force by police have been held around the United States in the wake of recent cases in which unarmed black men were killed by white policemen.
He said Manney had acted without malice but that he had failed to follow police policies when addressing mentally ill people.
Manney told investigators that he found Hamilton, who had a history of mental illness, lying on the ground in the park. Manney then shot Hamilton, according to police.
Local media reported Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker granted a request by local law enforcement officials to deploy National Guard troops in the city if protests became violent.
Asked about threats from Pyongyang to hit back if it is sanctioned over the Sony affair, Harf said: Top-level representatives were not due to attend the talks in Yangon, which were expected to focus on the shelling, an official said.
The military says the artillery shell was just a warning shot which inadvertently hit the camp. Duangchit Khonthokhonbari, 33, who had been working in Malaysia as a maid, was caught with 2.
Anyone with at least 50 grams of methamphetamine is considered a trafficker in Malaysia and subject to the death penalty. Defence lawyers could not be reached for immediate comment, but Duangchit is expected to appeal against the death sentence, which is carried out by hanging in Malaysia.
A customs check at the airport on December 7 discovered 1. Her lawyers insist she was innocently duped into carrying a bag that appeared to contain only clothing by a stranger in Shanghai.
Hundreds of Malaysians and foreigners are on death row in the Muslim-majority country, many for drug-related offences, though few have been executed in recent years.
Last year Dominic Bird, a truck driver from Perth, was acquitted on drug trafficking charges after he was allegedly caught with grams of crystal methamphetamine.
A sixth cleaner was implicated in the case but reportedly died in custody. Canadian Neil Bantleman, an administrator at the school, and Indonesian teaching assistant Ferdinand Tjiong, are also on trial separately, accused of sexually assaulting children.
They were alerted after a year-old man tested positive in November and started convincing others who had also visited the same practitioner, yearold Yem Chrin, to get tested.
Yem Chrin admitted to routinely re-using syringes and was a well-respected local doctor who provided cheap services to the poor, according to provincial deputy police chief Chet Vanny.
A Myanmar television station and website, the Democratic Voice of Burma DVB , said that one person was killed during the protest near the Letpadaung copper mine in central Myanmar.
Khin San Hlaing, a parliamentarian with the opposition National League for Democracy, cited witnesses as saying a woman died after being struck in the head by a bullet.
So, through a Google search, the wife of a Bangladeshi construction executive chose a Malaysian hospital for her heart bypass surgery.
International medical tourism began to gain ground in the s as Latin American countries such as Costa Rica and Brazil offered relatively cheap dental, cosmetic and other procedures to US and European patients driven south by high costs.
Alexandria Garvie from Australia poses following a tummy-tuck operation at a private hospital in Kuala Lumpur..
Procedures vary widely from fertility treatments in Barbados, to cosmetic surgery in Brazil, heart and eye operations in Malaysia, and gender-reassignment in Thailand.
Patients come from both rich and poor nations, the former driven by high costs at home, and the latter seeking better-quality care. Thailand says it attracted 2.
Patients Beyond Borders estimates Singapore draws more than a half million treatmentseekers annually, mostly from neighbouring Indonesia, where health systems lag.
Malaysia set up a special body in to streamline and organise industry players. The company also recently opened a new branch near the border with Singapore to entice patients from the more affluent city-state.
Most medical tourists to Malaysia, however, are wellheeled visitors from less-developed Indonesia, followed by Indians, Japanese and Chinese.
Future growth is expected from the wealthy Middle East. Ancillary businesses have sprouted. Beautiful Holidays, based on the northern Malaysian island of Penang, connects overseas clients with local cosmetic surgeons, arranges their accommodations, and shepherds them to pre- and post-op check-ups.
But it also arranges drinks, dining and sightseeing in Penang, know for its historical sites, beaches and cultural melange.
Ashley Higgins, a yearold American, has used the company twice, first for a breast augmentation, then a nose job. She was initially wary of going under the knife on the other side of the globe, but price concerns won out.
Illegal trade in wild cat parts thriving DPA Yangon T he illegal trade in tiger and other wild cat parts from Myanmar into China has grown, a survey said yesterday, while the same trade into Thailand has diminished.
In Tachilek on the MyanmarThailand border, shops selling wild cat parts including tiger and leopard skins and skulls, fell from 35 in , to just six in , UK-based wildlife NGO Traffic said in a press release.
Over 2, wild cat parts, the majority of them skins, were recorded. The study looked at trade in the two border towns over two decades. The ruling Communist party is trying to ease the resentment caused by mistaken verdicts, which are fuelled by police reliance on forced confessions and the lack of effective defence in criminal trials.
China has more than 50 minority groups, many of whom have their own distinct cultures, ranging from groups with large populations like the Tibetans and Mongols to tiny minorities with threatened languages, including the shamanistic Evenki.
The son of kung fu star Jackie Chan has been charged with providing a venue for others to use drugs, the state Xinhua news agency reported, citing prosecutors.
Jaycee Chan, who like his father has worked as an actor and singer, was detained in August after police said they found grams of marijuana in his Beijing home.
Prosecutors will now bring the evidence against Chan to a court, which can still decide whether or not to accept the case. Prosecutors had no information on the latest development on their website late Monday.
If the amendment is approved, all tobacco ads will be banned except those posted in tobacco shops, Xinhua said, citing an official at the NPC Law Committee.
Ads would be banned in public places, hospitals and schools, and public transport facilities. The year-old drummer said he wanted to remain part of the band he first joined in after his arrest last month.
The Chinese foreign ministry statement came after talks Sunday between Foreign Minister Wang Yi and his counterpart John Kerry and followed calls by Washington for China and other nations for help in deterring future attacks.
Washington accuses Pyongyang of being behind the hack that led to the release of embarrassing company emails and caused Sony executives to halt the debut of the comedy action film The Interview.
Despite calls from Republican critics for a robust response to the alleged hack, Obama told CNN in an interview: I think it was an act of cyber vandalism that was very costly, very expensive.
We take it very seriously. There did not appear to be any link between the drill and the Sony Pictures hack, and North Korea says it has never attempted or made a cyber attack on South Korea.
It gave no other details. But two sources with ties to the leadership said that Ling, who heads a party body charged with reaching out to non-Communists and holds a rank equivalent to a vice premier, may escape prosecution.
Several allies of another former president, Jiang Zemin, have also been targeted, including former Chongqing party boss Bo Xilai and former domestic security chief Zhou Yongkang.
The car, a Ferrari according to some of the sources, crashed in Beijing in March in an embarrassment for the ruling Communist Party, which is sensitive to perceptions that children of top party officials live rich, privileged lifestyles completely out of touch with the masses, the sources said.
Aussie court orders partner of Sydney hostage-taker jailed Reuters Sydney A n Australian court yesterday ordered bail revoked for the partner of a self-styled Sheikh who last week stormed a Sydney cafe at gunpoint, sparking a hour hostage crisis that left three people dead, including the gunman.
Monis, who had been charged as an accessory to the murder, had also been free on bail. The backlash came after he unveiled sweeping changes Sunday to his ministry, dumping Defence Minister David Johnston, promoting Immigration Minister Scott Morrison and appointing only his second woman to cabinet.
It followed recent opinion polls showing his personal approval rating and that of his conservative government had plunged over tough spending cuts and perceived broken promises since coming to power late last year.
In opposition Abbott, who was accused of sexism by former leader Julia Gillard in an infamous speech about misogyny, claimed repealing the tax would help women by low- ing electricity costs associated with ironing.
Labor Senate leader Penny Wong added: Among the cabinet changes, Morrison was moved to the social services ministry with Abbott making welfare reform one of his key priorities.
Johnson was replaced by Health Minister Peter Dutton while Assistant Education Minister Sussan Ley assumed the health and sport portfolios, doubling the number of women in the ministry.
Julie Bishop is Foreign Minister. Chief Magistrate Graeme Henson cited her prior convictions, the particularly heinous nature of the alleged offence and the slight possibility she might skip bail as factors in deciding to remand her in custody until trial.
She will next appear in court in February. Last week, the commissioner of police in New South Wales state, Andrew Scipione, said he was concerned that Monis had been granted bail on earlier charges, leaving him free in the community, sparking calls for a wider review of the bail system.
House where eight kids killed to be demolished Reuters Sydney T he house where an Australian mother allegedly killed eight children, most of them her own, will likely be demolished in keeping with indigenous culture to make way for a memorial, a government official said yesterday.
Thaiday is the mother of the four boys and three of the girls who were slain. The eighth child was her niece. King said the government would liaise with the community on what form a memorial would take.
Thaiday was charged on Sunday with eight counts of murder over the deaths of the children, aged between two and 14 years. Comans said during a brief hearing at the Cairns Magistrates Court yesterday it was too soon for such a request.
No plea was entered at the hearing on behalf of Thaiday, who remains under police guard in hospital.
She is being treated for stab wounds. MacFarlane said he was not sure how long his client would remain in hospital, where she is also awaiting psychiatric assessment.
Police have asked that media abide by the cultural protocols of the indigenous Torres Strait Islander community. Video footage filmed by a witness showed her sobbing, swearing and tearing out her hair extensions during the incident on Saturday, the newspaper said.
Palmer-Tomkinson, who has battled drug problems in the past, was taken to a west London police station and accepted a caution under the Public Order Act.
Following her arrest, the former reality television star told The Sun that a panic attack triggered her behaviour.
David Cameron risks alienating moderate Conservative voters by trying to be more like the UK Independence Party in the hope of wooing back defectors, a former Tory treasurer has warned.
And Lord Ashcroft cautioned that talking about Europe and immigration with the aim of winning over Ukip supporters might actually undermine the Tory lead on other issues, by highlighting areas where voters think they are unable to make much difference.
The billionaire Conservative peer, who has made major donations to the party in the past, was discussing the key findings of national opinion polls he has conducted on a weekly basis throughout Despite running in the West End since , The Lion King has kept its crown as the show families want to see.
The musical has topped a list of the most popular theatre and family events, according to Ticketmaster. Based on the Disney film of the same name, the show has been seen by more than 75mn people worldwide and still proves a hit for British audiences at the London Lyceum and on tour.
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A seal has been found stranded in a field. Police said a dog walker reported to them that she had seen the animal on land in Newton-le-Willows, near St Helens, Merseyside, at about 9.
The seal has since been contained by officers, with conservation experts at the location, but police warned members of the public to stay away for their own safety.
In a statement, Merseyside Police said: Nightmare for shoppers as supermarket websites crash London Evening Standard London S hoppers were yesterday left fearing they will be without food for Christmas after supermarket websites crashed under the strain of unprecedented volumes of online orders.
One shopper, Matt Richardson, said on Twitter: Delivery slot booked two weeks ago. No delivery slots left now.
On Facebook, one shopper wrote: We booked the slot on December 4 and held it open with just a bottle of champagne until now.
The supermarket said it was preparing to deliver more than , orders in the three days to December West End traders were braced for another huge surge of shoppers yesterday after Saturday saw numbers up 6.
The rubbish truck right is seen wedged into the wall of the Millennium Hotel in George Square in central Glasgow, Scotland, yesterday. Several killed as lorry hits Glasgow shoppers AFP Glasgow S everal people were killed and a number of others injured in Glasgow yesterday when a bin lorry ploughed into Christmas shoppers in the city centre, police said, in what appeared to be a tragic accident.
Some media reported that the driver may have suffered a heart attack. The spokesman said he was being treated in hospital, without giving any further details.
But his scheme was blocked when LibDems staged a rebellion at the party conference in October and voted against any new runways in the South-East.
The mayor then shifted behind Gatwick expansion as a temporary compromise. Johnson plans to campaign for his Estuary plan if, as expected, he is elected as a Conservative MP in May.
He also intends to champion infrastructure projects and tackling low pay. Johnson, who has been mooted at an infrastructure secretary, thinks the government should buy homes outright, selling them when disruptive construction work is completed and property values return to normal.
Modern Art on Queen Street at about 2. It struck several more as it continued at speed for another two blocks, crashing at the Millennium Hotel on George Square, near Queen Street station.
The incident took place the day after a driver with psychiatric problems in the French town of Dijon ploughed into pedestrians, injuring He was later arrested.
Lower taxes, though, are generally popular and despite worries about affordability, more Londoners backed the cuts than opposed them. Labour has said that the Tory plan is unfunded and will require more borrowing or deeper spending cuts.
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An year-old man was arrested on Sunday as he attempted to board a flight at Heathrow and was being questioned on suspicion of murder. Bereaved Irish mother Lynda McCance had her faith in humanity restored when a thief returned a laptop containing the final photographs of eightyear-old Chloe.
McCance had made a public appeal for the return of the laptop, promising no recriminations and even a reward. She said she had come home from getting a Chloe tribute tattoo to discover her house ransacked.
McCance did not reveal how the laptop had been returned. Firefighters attended 11 flood-related incidents in Ayrshire as crews worked to rescue people and clear water from homes after heavy overnight rain.
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Footballer dies after crashing moped in cop chase Helping hand Anger at plan to lengthen ambulance response time London Evening Standard London A talented teenage footballer died when he crashed his moped during a police pursuit.
Henry Hicks, 18, was pronounced dead in hospital just over an hour after the accident in Wheelwright Street, near Pentonville Prison in Islington.
Scotland Yard said it happened after Henry failed to stop for police and crashed into a car near the junction with Roman Way.
The incident on Friday has been referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission to investigate. Henry, a trained carpenter and former London Nautical School pupil, was a close friend of Joe Walker, 18, who died in a moped crash two months earlier, over which a number of his friends now face criminal charges.
The two had played football together alongside Arsenal and England unders striker Kaylen Hinds. His older sister Claudia said: Our family is in shock.
Henry was the best brother anyone could ask for. His best friend said: They are just heartbroken. No one should have to bury their children.
Dozens of child abuse survivors yesterday urged the government to replace the inquiry with a more powerful body. May may set up a new inquiry panel under statutory terms.
In a letter to the panel members, she said: We need to have a transparent, open recruitment or a panel with appropriate skills and expertise, all done out in the open, nothing to do with nepotism or connections with people already in the Establishment.
Pointing out that May was instrumental in setting it up, he added: Labour attacked Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt, demanding more information and claiming he had treated Parliament with contempt.
The current target is for an emergency vehicle to reach those in life-threatening situations within eight minutes.
The AACE said in a statement that plans for change would improve the care provided to the most seriously ill and injured patients and release resources which would be used to improve ambulance waiting times for all.
The winter solstice is the shortest day of the year, and the longest night of the year. When raised in passing, shadow health secretary Andy Burnham explicitly warned of the need for caution and consultation.
Instead, ministers are forcing it through from January, in the middle of a crisis, without proper planning.
People will struggle to understand how, in the middle of a crisis, it makes sense for the government to make a panic decision to relax standards and leave patients waiting even longer.
One of her most famous roles was as a demonic nanny in horror film The Omen. She was married to British actor Peter Vaughan from until , and later to writer Robert Muller.
Both visits were ostensibly made to kickstart stalled peace negotiations between Kiev and the two Russian-speaking regions of eastern Ukraine that rebelled against Kiev in April.
Belarussian President Alexander Lukashenko hosted such talks in September and is hoping to do so again in Minsk in the coming days.
Some political analysts in Russia agreed. The veteran Kremlin leader is due today to receive both Nazarbayev and Lukashenko for a summit of leaders from neighbouring nations that have formed a loose military bloc.
I am what they call an honest broker. He appeared to be referring to Putin when he told the Ukrainian leader: But I am not afraid.
But a high-ranking Ukrainian official said Belarussian President Alexander Lukashenko was just as keen to use the trip to build bridges to Europe that ease his dependence on an increasingly isolated Russia.
Two major rounds of negotiations in the Belarussian capital Minsk in September Italians break up neo-fascist group Reuters Rome I talian police yesterday arrested 14 people they said were members of a neo-fascist movement that was planning attacks on politicians, prosecutors and the police.
The suspects were rounded up in raids around Italy on charges including attempted terrorism, attempted subversion of democracy and instigating racial violence, the national Carabinieri police said in a statement.
The police statement said the group was led by Stefano Manni, a year-old former policeman with long-standing far-right connections who was active in planning its strategy and disseminating racist propaganda.
He was under arrest. A sharp increase in social unrest in Italy in recent months is often attributed to falling living standards and record unemployment following six years of stagnation and recession.
The far-right Northern League party has seen a surge in its support as it has capitalised on growing hostility towards immigrants and Roma people.
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko overnight held his third conversation with German Chancellor Angela Merkel since last weekend about the continued delay of the talks.
EU heads of state and Poroshenko had most recently hoped to see the Minsk talks convened in the presence of European and Russian envoys on Sunday.
But two top rebel negotiators told AFP that no talks were scheduled for the immediate future. The party has also traditionally held the rest of the country south of Tuscany in contempt.
Italy has seen an unprecedented surge of illegal immigrants this year, with more than , rescued from rickety boats attempting to reach its southern shores from north Africa.
He has said he has been inspired by the electoral success of the neo-Nazi Golden Dawn party in Greece. Breivik himself contacted the Norwegian newspaper Verdens Gang to complain about the curbs placed on his correspondence.
His lawyer Geir Lippestad told the paper his client has appealed the decision to intercept his letters. Faeste declined to describe the content of the letters to AFP.
Deep recession, skyrocketing prices and a fragile banking system: Nzohabonayo had previously committed petty offences but was not on a domestic intelligence watch-list although his brother Brice is known for his radical views and once pondered going to Syria.
Brice was arrested in Burundi soon after the Saturday incident, intelligence services there said Monday. The radical group has repeatedly singled out France for such attacks, most recently in a video posted on jihadist sites.
The second attack on Sunday also saw the assailant shout a slogan witnesses told police. Interior minister Bernard Cazeneuve, who visited the town yesterday, said 13 people were injured in the rampage though none of the victims are critical.
Interior minister Bernard Cazeneuve, who visited the town on Monday, said 13 people were injured in the rampage though none of the victims are critical.
Authorities in the central African nation of Burundi said Monday they had arrested the brother of a man who was killed in France after a suspected Islamist-motivated attack.
Erdogan made the comments on Sunday, directly addressing the bride and groom at the Istanbul wedding ceremony of the son of businessman Mustafa Kefeli, who is one of his close allies.
To make our nation stronger, we need a more dynamic and younger population. There are good days and bad days. He has also made proposals to limit abortion rights, the morning-after pill and Caesarian sections.
But this appears to be his strongest attack yet on the principle of birth control. Erdogan has repeatedly warned that Turks must have more children to prevent the rapid ageing of the population.
Would he talk so blatantly about the female body if he was capable of giving birth to a child? Health minister Mehmet Muezzinoglu, a doctor with two children, had at the weekend also caused controversy by declaring pregnant women did not have the right to decide how they would deliver their child.
Doctors must give the medical treatment that the patients have a right to. The C-section is not one of those rights.
The Argentine used a Christmas speech to cardinals, bishops and priests to list a catalogue of ailments plaguing the the very top of the Church.
But rarely has he used such vivid terms to describe the sins he says afflict the heart of the Italian-dominated body, and the speech was very stonily received.
The diatribe will doubtless fuel the opposition to the reform-minded Francis which has been growing within the Church, according to Vatican watchers.
His most vocal critic, the American cardinal Raymond Burke, was later demoted. He has tried to modernise the monarchy and has taken away rights and duties from his two sisters, neither of whom is now formally part of the royal family.
They have ordered Cristina, 49, Urdangarin and 15 others to stand trial in the case involving his Noos Foundation charity, the High Court of the Balearic Islands said yesterday.
As Spain heads into a general election year, corruption will be high on the political agenda. Ayear-old boy from Faridabad died yesterday weeks after sustaining burns during a selfimmolation bid, officials said.
Despite treatment, his kidneys and lungs stopped functioning. Kaustubh Pandit, a student of a private school in Faridabad, had set himself on fire on November Police said though the actual reason was yet to be established, the initial investigation showed the boy was allegedly harassed by his teacher in front of his classmates, leading him to take such an extreme step.
Four unidentified people yesterday attacked a poultry farm owner near Gurgaon and looted Rs2. The suspects came in a car, forced Sumer Singh, 53, to stop his car on a road at Kankrola village near Manesar in Gurgaon district.
Police have registered a case and an investigation is underway, the officer said. Sumer Singh has been admitted to hospital. Mishra, who took charge as CRPF director general yesterday, said: CRPF personnel will be trained accordingly.
There was a need to ensure fewer casualties among security personnel during anti-Maoist operations, he added. Mishra, a former chief of Odisha police, said his Odisha experience would be useful in other states while dealing with the Maoists.
The incident was reported from Gaurea village, about 70 km from Patna, officials said yesterday. Lakes and farms in neighbouring Punjab and Haryana states were being monitored, IBN news channel reported.
Northern Uttar Pradesh state banned all import of poultry products from other states and ordered an inspection of its own 4, poultry farms.
Chief Veterinary Officer Vipin Kumar Agarwal said the veterinary doctors of the state government were sensitised on the issue.
R P Singh, director of the animal husbandry department said that till further notice, import of chicken and eggs from other states has been completely banned.
The state government has ordered the sampling of all chickens and formation of Rapid Action teams in all districts to ensure vaccination.
An official said that the state had 4, big and small poultry farms. Dense winter fog enveloped the Indian capital with the low visibility affecting road, rail and air traffic.
Vistara will operate the seater Airbus A with 16 seats in business class, 36 in premium economy and 96 in economy. Once it takes off, Vistara will be the third full-service carrier after state-run Air India and Jet Airways, which are both making chronic losses.
The minimum temperature was recorded at 4. According to the Delhi government, there are nearly 60, homeless in the capital city itself, but NGOs estimate them to be over , The Delhi government has established night shelters True friendship for homeless people with basic facilities such as clean drinking water, toilets, blankets and beds.
The cold wave also affect life across Bihar and people are unlikely to get any respite over the next 24 hours, weather officials said.
Mohapatra, regional weather official, said in Patna. He said fog and cold wave will aggravate in the coming days.
Neighbouring Uttar Pradesh continued to shiver as the cold wave further intensified yesterday, leading to the closure of all schools in the capital Lucknow.
Icy winds blowing from the neighbouring hill state of Uttarakhand worsened the situation which had already been compounded by a dense fog.
The day temperatures in Agra fell to around 14 degrees Celsius, as the city was enveloped in a thick blanket of fog. Himachal Pradesh experienced more snow.
The minimum temperature in Shimla was 6. Kalpa, some km from Take steps to control encephalitis: The monkey fell on to rail tracks and lost consciousness.
Immediately another monkey came to its rescue, tried to revive it by hitting, biting and dipping it in water.
After more than 20 minutes the unconscious monkey showed signs of life and started to move. Shimla, saw a minimum temperature of minus 0. The desert state of Rajasthan also experienced severe cold.
Mount Abu, the only hill station in the state, was the coldest place, recording the minimum temperature of 2 degrees Celsius, 2 degrees below what is normal for this time of the season.
Churu and Bikaner recorded minimum temperatures of 4. State capital Jaipur recorded 6. The southern states of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh also continued to be in the grip of a cold wave.
Mercury plummeted to one degree Celsius in Lambasingi, a tribal area in Visakhapatnam district while the lowest temperature of 4 degree was recorded in Adilabad in Telangana state.
Lambasingi in Chintapalli mandal, about km from coastal city of Visakhapatnam, on Sunday chilled at zero degree.
The temperature in most parts of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana continue to be below 10 degrees. The Indian Meteorological Department IMD has attributed the cold wave to cold dry northerly winds blowing into the two states.
The IMD has forecast that temperature might further dip in the coming days. Asked about the deaths of children due to the dreaded disease, Nadda singled out contaminated ground water and lack of general immunisation as the causes for the disease.
The health minister said the matter would be taken up at the inter-ministerial meeting to be held later this month. The minister was replying to Gorakhpur MP Yogi Adi- tyanath, whose constituency reports the maximum number of deaths of children due to encephalitis.
Nadda said the prevention and control of both acute encephalitis syndrome and Japanese encephalitis requires concerted and co-ordinated action along with expeditious setting up of infrastructure to control the disease.
Shah, the technology chief of the Pakistani terrorist group, and fellow conspirators used Google Earth to show terrorists the routes to their targets in the city, it said.
Videos, maps and reconnaissance reports had been supplied to Mir by David Coleman Headley, the Pakistani-American who scouted targets.
But he did not know that by September the British were spying on many of his online activities, tracking his Internet searches and messages, according to former American and Indian officials and classified documents from former American security contractor Edward J Snowden.
Shah also drew similar scrutiny from an Indian intelligence agency, according to a former official briefed on the operation, the Times said.
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