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TORONTO---Two Canadian women are facing charges
after authorities say they drank their duty-free alcohol in
the flight's bathroom, triggered the fire alarm with a
cigarette and got into a fight with each other, forcing a
Sunwing flight bound for Cuba to return to Toronto under
a military escort.
Peel Region police Thursday said Lilia Ratmanski, 25,
and Milana Muzikante, 26, have been charged with
smoking on board an aircraft and endangering its safety.
The airline said the flight had left Toronto late
Wednesday afternoon when it was disrupted by "two
unruly female passengers."
Sunwing vice president Janine Chapman said the
passengers had consumed a "significant quantity of their
duty-free alcohol purchase in the lavatory."
She said they lit a cigarette, triggering the smoke
alarm, and "proceeded to get into a physical altercation
with each other and made a threat against the aircraft."
Norad said it scrambled two CF-18 fighter jets based
out of Bagotville, Quebec, to escort Flight 656 back to
Flight returns, 2 women facing charges
BEIRUT---The Islamic State group killed
more than 150 troops captured in recent
fighting for a string of military bases in
north-eastern Syria, shooting some and
slashing others with knives in the past
24 hours in the latest mass killing attrib-
uted to the extremists, activists said yes-
The killing of government troops, com-
bined with photos of dusty, terrified con-
scripts under militant guard in the desert,
underscored how the extremist group uses
violence---and images of violence---to instill
fear in its opponents as it seeks to expand
the proto-state it has carved out in Syria
and neighbouring Iraq.
The Britain-based Syrian Observatory
for Human Rights said that many of the
soldiers killed were rounded up Wednesday
in the arid countryside near the Tabqa air-
field, three days after Islamic State fighters
seized the base. The government troops
were among a large group of soldiers from
the base who were stuck behind the front
lines after the airfield fell to the jihadi fight-
ers.A statement posted online and circulated
on Twitter by supporters of the Islamic
State group claimed the extremists killed
"about 200" government prisoners captured
near Tabqa. It also showed photographs of
what it said were the prisoners: young men
stripped down to their underwear marching
in the desert. The photos could not imme-
diately be verified, but correspond to other
A video that emerged online purportedly
showed Islamic State fighters escorting
nearly 200 men, stripped down to their
underwear and barefoot, through the desert.
Another video posted online later showed
more than 150 men, also in their underwear,
lying motionless---apparently dead---in a
row in the sand.
While the videos could not be independ-
ently confirmed by the AP, they appeared
to illustrate the claims made online by
Islamic State group supporters and Syrian
activists about the mass killing.
There was no immediate comment from
the Syrian government. (AP)
ISIS kills 150
Carrying red crosses and wearing T-shirts reading Stop killing Iraqi Christians, hundreds of protesters demonstrate along 14
Mile Road in Sterling Heights, Michigan, Sunday. AP PHOTO
MANILA---Philippine President Benigno Aquino
III said yesterday the Supreme Court meddles
too much in political issues, reiterating he was
open to amend the constitution to clip the judi-
ciary s power.
Supreme Court Chief Justice Maria Lourdes
Sereno, an appointee of Aquino, said she had enor-
mous respect for him and the court would only
respond to political and constitutional questions
through its rulings. The president previously crit-
icised the court's June 30 ruling declaring his gov-
ernment's enforcement of a major economic stim-
ulus programme partly unconstitutional.
In an interview with Manila's Bombo Radyo,
Aquino complained that the Supreme Court "is
meddling in everything and their meddling is mak-
ing it more difficult to run the government."
"Perhaps judicial reach needs to be reviewed and
limited," he said. (AP)
meddling too much
KIEV---A top Ukrainian army officer said a "full-
scale invasion" of his country was under way
yesterday, as a US official said up to 1,000 Russian
troops had crossed Ukraine s southern border to
fight alongside pro-Russian rebels.
US officials said Russian troops were directly
involved in the latest fighting, despite Moscow's
"This is a full-scale invasion," said Mykhailo
Lysenko, the deputy commander of the Ukrainian
Donbas battalion, referring to the fighting in the
The Ebola outbreak "continues to accelerate" in
West Africa and has killed 1,552 people, the World
Health Organization (WHO) said yesterday.
The total number of cases stands at 3,069, with 40
per cent occurring in the past three weeks. "However,
most cases are concentrated in only a few localities,"
the WHO said.
The outbreak, the deadliest ever, has been centred
in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia, with a handful of
cases in Nigeria. The overall fatality rate is 52 per cent,
the WHO said, ranging from 42 per cent in Sierra Leone
to 66 per cent in Guinea.
The WHO issued a "road map" yesterday that
"responds to the urgent need to dramatically scale up
the international response" in light of the acceleration
of new cases, it said.
It aims to stop Ebola transmission in affected countries
within six to nine months and also acknowledges that
the total number of cases "could exceed 20,000 over
the course of this emergency." (CNN)
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