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Visual artists gather during a rally against the Ebola virus in Abidjan, the
capital of the Ivory Coast, yesterday. AFP PHOTO
ARTISTS AGAINST EBOLA
JOHANNESBURG---The Dalai Lama
has again been refused entry into
South Africa where he was going to
attend the 14th World Summit of Nobel
Peace Laureates, his South African
representative said. Concern about
angering China has been cited for a visa
refusal in the past. Nangsa Choedon,
the representative, said officials from
the Department of International
Relations and Cooperation called her to
say the Tibetan spiritual leader's visa
was denied, the Cape Times newspaper
reported Thursday. "For now the Dalai
Lama has decided to cancel his trip to
South Africa," Choedon was quoted as
saying. South Africa's international
relations department said later
Thursday it had received written
confirmation from the office of His
Holiness The Dalai Lama in India
indicating he has cancelled his planned
visit to South Africa. Tashi Phuntsok,
the spokesman for the Tibetan
government-in-exile, said "it is
unfortunate that the South African
government did not extend the same
courtesy to the respected religious
leader, the Dalai Lama, as it did to the
other Nobel laureates."
The annual summit is being held in
Cape Town next month and is meant to
commemorate the life of Mandela.
Dalai Lama refused S Africa visa again
A member of Venezuela s Socialist Party has rolled
out a variation of the "Lord s Prayer" to implore
beloved late leader Hugo Chavez for protection from
the evils of capitalism.
"Our Chavez who art in heaven, the earth, the sea
and we delegates," red-shirted delegate Maria Estrella
Uribe recited on Monday at the PSUV party Congress.
"Hallowed be your name, may your legacy come to
us so we can spread it to people here and elsewhere.
Give us your light to guide us every day," she said in
front of an image of Chavez.
"Lead us not into the temptation of capitalism,
deliver us from the evil of the oligarchy, like the crime
of contraband, because ours is the homeland, the peace
and life forever and ever. Amen. Viva Chavez!" she
exclaimed to applause.
Though Chavez died of cancer in March 2013, he
remains omnipresent in Venezuela.
His photo is plastered all over capital Caracas, state
TV frequently airs excerpts of his famously lengthy
speeches and supporters sometimes don earrings or
pendants with an artistic black-and-white rendition
of his eyes.
Some found the change disrespectful and the Rev-
erend José Piñero, vice president of the Evangelical
Council of Venezuela, told CNN it was an act of "des-
BUENOS AIRES---Argentine police say they had
to summon firefighters and doctors to extract a
550-pound suspect from his house after a drug
raid. Security Secretary Sergio Berni says police
believe the man leads a gang of drug traffickers from
the house in Buenos Aires.
Berni says the man suffers medical and mobility
problems and was unable to descend from the second
floor of the house. So officers called in firefighters
and medical personnel to help. He was finally removed
after an hour and a half on Thursday and police took
him to a hospital in an ambulance under guard. (AP)
Controversy in Venezuela
over Chavez prayer
Argentine police seek help
with 550-pound suspect
SAN SALVADOR---A former Salvadoran president
has turned himself into authorities to face charges
of embezzlement and illicit enrichment related to a
donation by the government of Taiwan.
Francisco Flores is accused of embezzling more than
$5 million of a $10 million Taiwanese donation for
public projects when he was president from 1999-
He is also accused of disobedience for failing to
show up for a meeting with a congressional commission
investigating what happened to the money. Flores
turned himself in early yesterday at a judicial center
in the capital.
He initially fled the country, causing Interpol to
issue a red alert for help in securing his return. Flores
has said he received the money personally from Taiwan
and handed it over to the intended state projects, but
has offered no proof. (AP)
turns himself in
KINGSTON---A private United States
plane with an unresponsive pilot
crashed into the ocean north of
Jamaica yesterday after a journey of
more than 1,400 miles.
Major Basil Jarrett of the Jamaican
Defence Force said the plane went down
about 14 miles northeast of Port Anto-
nio and the military sent aircraft to
investigate and the military sent aircraft
"We can confirm that the plane has
gone down," he said. There was no
immediate information about the peo-
ple on board.
The plane took off at 8.45 am from
the Greater Rochester International
Airport in New York, according to local
officials. Air traffic controllers were last
able to contact the pilot of the Socata
TBM700, a high performance single-
engine turboprop, at 10 am, the US
Federal Aviation Administration said
in a statement.
The pilot, who was not identified,
had filed a flight plan with the FAA to
fly from Rochester to Naples, Florida.
Fighter jets were scrambled at 11.30 am
and followed the plane until it reached
Cuban airspace, when they peeled off,
said Preston Schlachter, a spokesman
for the North American Aerospace
Defense Command and US Northern
Command. FlightAware, an aviation
tracking Web site, showed the plane
over the south of Cuba at about 2 pm.
FlightAware identified the plane's
tail number as N900KN. FAA records
show the plane is owned by a company
based at the same address as a real
estate firm in Rochester. The firm,
Buckingham Properties, is owned by
developer Larry Glazer, who also is
president of the TBM Owners and Pilots
A person who answered the phone
at Buckingham Properties declined to
comment. Glazer's son Rick Glazer told
The Associated Press: "I don't have
any comment about what's going on
at this time."
According to Buckingham's Web site,
"Larry spends some of his spare time
on the ground---gardening around his
house with his wife, Jane; and some in
the sky---flying his plane."
The incident is the second time in
less than a week that private pilot has
become unresponsive during a flight.
On Saturday, a pilot lost consciousness
and his plane drifted into restricted air-
space over the nation's capital. Fighter
jets were also launched in that case
and stayed with the small aircraft until
it ran out of fuel and crashed Saturday
into the Atlantic.
Jets scrambled to
...crashes off Jamaica
SRINAGAR---Heavy monsoon rains have caused
flash floods and landslides that left at least 116 people
dead in the disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir
and in eastern Pakistan, officials said yesterday.
47 people had died in the Indian-controlled portion
of Kashmir, including five whose bodies were pulled
from the rubble of a home that collapsed in the Poonch
region, burying an estimated 15 people.
Three other people, including a paramilitary soldier,
were washed away when a bridge collapsed in a separate
incident. Pakistan's National Disaster Management
Authority said it expects "exceptionally high floods"
this weekend. (AP)
WALES---The US and 10 of its key allies yesterday
agreed that the Islamic State group is a significant
threat to NATO countries and that they will take on
the militants by squeezing their financial resources
and going after them with military might.
The new NATO coalition will be able to mount a
sustained effort to push back the militants, President
Barack Obama said.
The US secretaries of State and Defence, meeting
with their counterparts at the international gathering,
insisted the Western nations build a plan by the time
the UN General Assembly meets this month.
"I did not get any resistance or pushback to the
basic notion that we have a critical role to play in rolling
back this savage organisation that is causing so much
chaos in the region and is harming so many people
and poses a long-term threat to the safety and security
of NATO members," Obama said at the summit con-
clusion. Said Obama: "I think it is absolutely critical
that we have Arab states and specifically Sunni-majority
states that are rejecting the kind of extremist nihilism
that we're seeing out of ISIL, that say that is not what
Islam is about and are prepared to join us actively in
"What we can accomplish is to dismantle this net-
work, this force that has claimed to control this much
territory, so that they can't do us harm," Obama said.---
WALES---France s Socialist President Francois
Hollande is defending himself against accusations
by his ex-first lady that he despises the poor.
A visibly indignant Hollande insisted Friday on
his commitment to "the weakest, the most humble,
the poorest." He called it his "raison d'etre," or reason
for being. "I will never accept...that the commitment
of a lifetime may be put into question," Hollande
told reporters at a NATO summit in Newport, Wales.
According to a book by former partner Valerie
Trierweiler released this week, Hollande once dis-
missed the poor as people with "no teeth"---a ref-
erence to those who cannot afford dental care. Hol-
lande's many critics have seized on the term.
Hollande and Trierweiler broke up in January amid
reports Hollande was having an affair with a French
NATO allies agree
to take on ISIS
Monsoon floods kill 116
in Kashmir, east Pakistan
accusations by ex
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