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Nepal end rescue efforts
KATMANDU---Nepal wrapped up rescue
operations in its northern mountains yesterday,
saying all the hikers believed to have been stranded
on a trekking route by a series of deadly blizzards
are now safe.
At least 39 people, including trekkers from
Canada, India, Israel, Slovakia, Poland and Japan,
died in the blizzards and avalanches that swept the
Himalayas last week, battering the popular
Annapurna trekking circuit.
Nepalese officials said they rescued 407 people,
226 of them foreigners.
The snowstorms were whipped up by the tail end
of a cyclone that hit the Indian coast a few days
earlier. Hikers were caught off-guard when the
weather changed quickly. (AP)
Pro-democracy activists have strongly
denied Hong Kong leader CY Leung's claim
that "external forces" are involved in
protests in the territory.
Student activist Alex Chow said the
leader's comments were "irresponsible,"
and said Mr Leung had not provided any
evidence to support his claim.
Pro-democracy demonstrations have
paralysed parts of Hong Kong for the past
In an interview with local broadcaster
ATV, Mr Leung said the protests were "not
entirely a domestic movement, as external
forces are involved"---although he declined
to give details or name the countries he
thought were involved. (BBC)
biggest submarine hunt since
the dying days of the Soviet
Union has put countries around
the Baltic Sea on edge.
In a scene reminiscent of the
Cold War, Swedish naval ships,
helicopters and ground troops
combed the Stockholm
archipelago for a fourth day
yesterday for signs of a foreign
submarine or smaller
underwater craft that officials
suspect entered Swedish
While Sweden hasn't linked
any country to the suspected
intrusion---and Moscow denies
involvement---the incident sent
a chill through the Baltic Sea
region, where Russian forces
have been accused of a series
of border violations on land,
sea and air in recent months.
Swedish military officials say
there have been three sightings
of the elusive craft since Friday.
On Sunday they released a
photograph taken at a distance
of what they said could be the
mystery vessel---a dark speck
surrounded by foaming water.
The search made headline
news in countries across the
Baltic region including in
Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania,
three former Soviet republics
spooked by Russia's
intervention in Ukraine. (AP)
Federales take control
of 13 towns in Mexico
MEXICO CITY---Federal police have taken
control of 13 municipalities in southern Mexico
where local police are suspected of links to
organised crime and possibly to the case of 43
missing students, a top official said.
Federal police have assumed control of public
security in the municipalities, the police chiefs
have been sent to a special center for
"certification" and their guns are being tested, he
Federal forces had already disarmed local police
in Iguala and Cocula, and arrested a total of 36
police officers. Both the mayor and police chief of
Iguala are fugitives and accused of links to the
local drug cartel, Guerreros Unidos, believed to
have worked with police in disappearing the
ABUJA---Nigeria is free of Ebola, the
World Health Organization declared yes-
terday of a rare victory in the months-
long battle against the fatal disease.
Nigeria s containment of Ebola is a "spec-
tacular success story," WHO s director for
Nigeria, Rui Gama Vaz, told a news con-
ference in the capital, Abuja.
The disease came to Lagos, Africa s most
populous city, through an airline passenger
who had carried Ebola from Liberia to Nige-
ria.The July 23 announcement about the dis-
ease hitting Nigeria "rocked public health
communities all around the world," the
WHO said in a statement.
Many feared the worst in an urban sprawl
characterised by large populations living in
crowded and unsanitary conditions in many
Lagos population of about 21 million
people is nearly the combined populations
of the infected countries of Guinea, Liberia
and Sierra Leone, the statement said.
"The last thing anyone in the world wants
to hear is the two words, Ebola and Lagos,
in the same sentence," US Consul General
Jeffrey Hawkins noted at the time, saying
the juxtaposition conjured up images of an
"apocalyptic urban outbreak."
Instead, with swift co-ordination between
state and federal health officials, the WHO
and the US Centers for Disease Control,
and with ample financial and material
resources from Nigeria s government, iso-
lation wards were immediately constructed
and, more slowly, designated Ebola treatment
Health officials reached every single
known person to have contact with infected
people in Lagos and 99.8 per cent in Port
Harcourt, Nigeria s oil capital where the
disease was carried by an infected Nigerian
With 18,500 visits to 894 contacts, health
workers tracked the progress of all who had
come in contact with the disease.
In the end, Nigeria suffered 20 cases of
Ebola and eight deaths, including of two
doctors and a nurse.
Monday s announcement comes after 42
days passed---twice the disease s maximum
incubation period---since the last case in
Nigeria tested negative. (AP)
Submarine hunt sends Cold War chill across Baltic
Municipal police officers suspected in the
disappearance of 43 students in Guerrero State,
are marched to waiting transport at the
Mexican attorney generals' organised crime
unit headquarters, in Mexico City. AP PHOTO
Ukraine's politicians are facing mob attacks. Over the past few
weeks, Ukrainian political activists have carried out a series of
sensational actions, seizing politicians and local officials and
throwing them into big bins.
The activists, many from far-right groups, accuse the
politicians of various offences, and call their actions "'trash
bucket challenges"---echoing the "ice bucket challenges" that
were recently an internet viral hit. They even have a hashtag:
#trashbucketchallenge. The Ukrainian version, also accompanied
by video footage, has been eyecatching---and often brutal.
The "binning" supporters say these actions are necessary
because, eight months after the country's revolution, the
government has done nothing significant to tackle corruption.
Hong Kong protests 'foreign link' claim denied
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