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UNITED NATIONS---The for-
eign minister of the Bahamas
said yesterday his country is
determined to control illegal
immigration, saying that
allowing it to balloon could
be a "recipe for civil strife."
Frederick Mitchell struck a
tough tone during his speech
at the UN General Assembly,
less than two weeks after his
government announced a
measure making it harder for
migrants to work in the island
The country is considering
additional restrictions as part
of a plan that appears mostly
aimed at large numbers of
Haitians who have settled
Mitchell said controlling ille-
gal immigration in the Bahamas
is "central to our survivability
as a country, central to our
national identity and central to
our national security," he said.
"We have only to see today
how it drains our financial
resources, and we do not have
to look far to see how
unchecked immigration in
other countries has been a
recipe for civil strife within
their borders. Haitians have
long used the Bahamas as both
a transit point to reach the
United States and as a place to
settle, often taking (AP)
Bahamas strikes tough tone on immigration at UN
HONG KONG---Hong Kong s
leader refused to meet with pro-
democracy demonstrators by their
midnight deadline yesterday,
despite their threats to expand the
street protests that have posed
the stiffest challenge to Beijing s
authority since China took control
of the former British colony in
With tens of thousands of people
clogging the streets of the Asian
financial centre, protesters counted
down to midnight and cheered as
the deadline passed.
Some then began crowding into
areas near the city s waterfront
Bauhinia Square, where they
expected Hong Kong Chief Exec-
utive Leung Chun-ying to attend
a flag-raising early Wednesday in
honor of National Day, the anniver-
sary of the founding of communist
China in 1949.
British Prime Minister David
Cameron, meanwhile, said he
planned to summon the Chinese
ambassador to discuss the dispute,
saying it is essential that Hong
Kong s people have a genuine right
to choose their top leader.
China took control of Hong Kong
under an arrangement that guar-
anteed its seven million people
semi-autonomy, Western-style civil
liberties and eventual democratic
freedoms that are denied to Chi-
nese living on the communist-
The protesters want a reversal
of a recent decision by China s gov-
ernment to screen all candidates
in the territory s first direct elec-
tions, scheduled for 2017---a move
they view as reneging on a promise
that the chief executive will be cho-
sen through "universal suffrage."
Beijing-backed Leung s rejection
of the student demands dashed
hopes for a quick resolution of the
five-day standoff that has blocked
city streets and forced some schools
and offices to close.
"Frankly, if I was a government
official, I would not have a clue
how to solve this," said Chit Lau,
a 35-year-old pilot.
He predicted the stalemate
would continue until Leung or
some other top official resigned,
or the army clashed with the peo-
ple, adding: "This is a test of Hong
Kong people s endurance of a
peaceful act of requesting democ-
racy, and so far the citizens have
demonstrated a united spirit and
It was unclear what the demon-
strators planned to do next.
Protester Esther Koo, a 30-year-
old social worker, said she was wor-
ried about what the government
might be planning to do after
National Day was over.
"Maybe they are planning some-
thing to happen even worse than
what happened with the tear gas,"
she said. (AP)
DALLAS---A patient in
a Dallas hospital has
been confirmed to have
the deadly Ebola virus,
News 8 has learned.
That person has been
held in "strict isolation"
as he or she was evaluated
for possible exposure to
This is the first case of
Ebola confirmed in the
In a statement issued
yesterday night, Texas
Health Presbyterian Hos-
pital Dallas said the
patient was admitted
based on symptoms and
"recent travel history."
The hospital, located at
Greenville Avenue and
Walnut Hill Lane in
northeast Dallas, said it s
complying with all rec-
ommendations from the
Centers for Disease Con-
trol and the Texas Depart-
ment of Health to ensure
the safety of other
patients and medical staff.
the director of the Dallas
County Health & Human
Services, said yesterday
morning the Center for
Disease Control was
mobilizing as if the
patient tested positive for
Thompson said Dallas
County is ready to care
for the patient.
Earlier this month,
President Barack Obama
announced that the US
would offer military and
medical help to combat
the disease in West Africa
which has now reached
Several other US hos-
pitals have previously
raised alerts in connection
with patients who pre-
sented Ebola-like symp-
toms, but all those cases
tested negative for the
A man who filmed passengers preventing Pak-
istan s former interior minister from boarding
a plane for being late has been sacked from his
Arjumand Hussain and others accused Rehman
Malik of holding up the Pakistan International
Hussain says he was given no reason for his
dismissal and does not regret standing up against
The video was shared on social networks with
many praising the passengers who took action.
Pakistani who shot 'VIP'
plane video sacked
Search suspended as
Efforts to recover the bodies of at least 24
climbers have been suspended again after the
eruption on Japan s Mount Ontake intensified.
A BBC correspondent near the mountain yes-
terday said the volcano was shooting out even
more ash, smoke and rocks than before.
At least 36 people are thought to have died in
Saturday s unexpected eruption.
Twelve bodies have been recovered so far.
Another 24 are reported to be on the mountain,
including five more located on Monday.
Some of the bodies were found in a lodge near
the summit and others were buried in ash up to
20 inches deep, Japanese media reported. (BBC)
Imelda Marcos artworks
seized by authorities
Artworks belonging to former Philippine first
lady Imelda Marcos have been seized by Philip-
pines authorities who claim they were acquired
with stolen state funds.
A small number of works were taken away from
properties owned by the 85-year-old on the order
of the courts.
Pieces by Picasso, Gauguin and other masters
are thought to be in the possession of the family
of the country s former dictator.
Mrs Marcos lived a lavish lifestyle during her
husband s 21-year rule.(BBC)
Somalis 'feeling safer' in
Mogadishu, survey says
Residents of the Somali capital, Mogadishu,
are feeling safer and more optimistic than they
were a year ago, according to a new survey.
The Heritage Institute of Policy Studies, which
analysed data collected from more than 1,600 res-
idents, said people reported a decline in violence.
However, serious concerns remain, such as
attacks by Islamist group al-Shabab, and mistrust
of the security services.
Al-Shabab was forced out of Mogadishu in 2011
but still stages frequent attacks in the city and
controls many rural areas. (BBC)
Thousands more join
Hong Kong protests
An injured boy sits next to another near a site hit by what activists said was a barrel bomb dropped by
forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad in Sheikh Khodr area in Aleppo yesterday. REUTERS PHOTO
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