Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : October 28th 2014 Contents SAO PAULO---Brazil-
ian President Dilma
Rousseff won a hotly
contested runoff elec-
tion on Sunday.
With more than 99
per cent of votes count-
ed, the incumbent
Rousseff had 51.59 per
cent of the vote, accord-
ing to official results.
Aecio Neves garnered
48.41 per cent.
Neves said he called
to congratulate Rousseff,
who thanked voters on
Twitter late Sunday for
The election was one
of the tightest compe-
titions in recent years.
Before becoming the
country s first female
president in 2011, Rouss-
eff, from the Workers
Party, was chief of staff
to former President Lula
She claims that under
the presidencies of her
predecessor and herself,
masses of Brazilians have
risen out of poverty.
Rousseff, 66, presided
over the soccer World
Cup in Brazil. She took
a lot of political flack
over how public money
The President defeat-
ed Neves, a 54-year-old
economist, who is a
well-known name and
a career politician. His
campaign slogan prom-
ised reforms to lower
inflation and encourage
more investment in the
country: "The sure path
for Brazil to really
candidate belongs to the
Brazilian Social Demo-
cratic Party, one of the
country s strongest.
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MAIDUGURI---Dozens of girls and young
women are being abducted by Islamic
extremists in northeast Nigeria, raising
doubts about an announced cease-fire and
the hoped-for release of 219 schoolgirls held
captive since April.
On October 17, Nigeria's military
announced a cease-fire had been agreed with
Boko Haram and ordered troops to
immediately comply. Officials said the cease-
fire would lead to the speedy release of the
219 girls kidnapped from a boarding school in
the remote northeastern town of Chibok on
But there have been a number of
kidnappings and battles since then that call
into question the cease-fire.
At least 70 teenage girls and boys have
been kidnapped in Borno and Adamawa
states since October18.
The insurgents also launched several
attacks since the cease-fire was announced.
On Friday a multinational force including
troops from Nigeria and Niger engaged in
fierce fighting to regain control of Abadam.
Nigeria's minister of foreign affairs, Aminu
Wali, said yesterday that Boko Haram has
denied recent kidnappings and suggested it
might be the work of dissidents wanting to
break the cease-fire. (AP)
Dozens more girls abducted by Nigerian extremists
re-election in Brazil
The Brazilian President, Dilma Rousseff, celebrates
her re-election. She defeated the centre-right
challenger Aecio Neves in a run-off.
A Palestinian man in front of his home, which was demolished by
Israeli bulldozers near the Jewish settlement of Karmel. BBC PHOTO
The gunman responsible for the terrorist attack
in Ottawa last week was "driven by ideological and
political motives" and made a video of himself,
police said Sunday.
Authorities have previously identified the gunman
as Michael Zehaf-Bibeau. He opened fire Wednesday
at Canada s National War Memorial and Parliament
Hill, killing army reservist Cpl Nathan Cirillo.
The gunman was then shot and killed by secu-
The video was recorded just prior to the attack,
the Royal Canadian Mounted Police said in a state-
ment. Authorities are conducting an analysis of that
video and said they would not be releasing it at this
Zehaf-Bibeau, a Canadian citizen, had ties to
jihadists in Canada who shared a radical Islamist
ideology, including at least one who went overseas
to fight in Syria, multiple US sources said last week.
Police: Ottawa gunman
made video of himself
prior to attack
BEIJING---China may scrap the death penalty for
nine out of 55 crimes, including counterfeiting and
smuggling nuclear materials, state media said yes-
China executes more people every year than the
rest of the world combined.
The crimes include illegal fund-raising, counter-
feiting, smuggling counterfeit currency, organising
prostitution, forcing others to engage in prostitution,
and smuggling weapons, ammunition and nuclear
materials. They also include two military-related
crimes---obstructing others from performing military
duties and fabricating rumours to confuse the public
during war time. (AP)
penalty for 9 crimes
Three men, one of them wearing a Ku Klux Klan
(KKK) outfit, tried to enter Parliament House in
The men are reportedly calling for a nationwide
ban on the full-face Islamic veil.
One of the three was wearing a motorbike helmet
and the third had donned a Muslim niqab.
Earlier this month, parliament said anyone visiting
the building with their face covered would have to
sit in a separate area of the public gallery.
That ruling, subsequently overturned, sparked
intense national debate about the Islamic veil and
about possible discrimination against Muslim women.
The three men were met by a security official out-
side the building yesterday morning, who told them
they could not enter parliament wearing a helmet
or a KKK hood.
Local media have named the men as Sergio Rede-
galli, Nick Folkes and Victor Waterson.
Their protest movement "Faceless" reportedly
opposes burkas or niqabs being worn in public spaces
and claims Islam s "political ideology" is "contrary"
to Australian beliefs.
"It seems that you re allowed to wear a full-face
covering into Parliament if you re a Muslim woman,
but no other group is allowed to have that same priv-
ilege," Mr Redegalli told local media. (BBC)
KKK tries to enter
The three men are from "Faceless" which opposes
burkas or niqabs worn in public space.
WASHINGTON---A 14-year-old girl who was
wounded when a student opened fire inside a Wash-
ington state high school has died, raising the death
toll in the shooting to three, including the gun-
Gia Soriano died Sunday night, more than two
days after she was shot, officials at Providence Region-
al Medical Center Everett said.
"We are devastated by this senseless tragedy," her
family said in a statement, read at a news conference
by Dr Joanne Roberts. "Gia is our beautiful daughter,
and words cannot express how much we will miss
Roberts said Gia s family was donating her organs
Another girl, who hasn t been officially identified,
was killed Friday when a popular freshman at
Marysville-Pilchuck High School north of Seattle
opened fire. The shooter, Jaylen Fryberg, died at the
scene of a self-inflicted wound. Three other students
remain hospitalised, two in critical condition and
one in satisfactory condition. (AP)
dies in Washington
Thousands of Haitians marched in the capital
Port-au-Prince on Sunday in protest at a delay in
the country s legislative and municipal elections.
The polls are already years overdue and were sched-
uled for Sunday.
They were postponed because of an ongoing stale-
mate between the government and a group of oppo-
sition senators over an electoral law.
Protesters lit piles of wood in the central neigh-
bourhood of Bel Aire before marching to a wealthy
hillside neighbourhood, where riot police guarded
hotels, shops and Haiti s elections office.
Mid-term senate elections in Haiti had been due
in May 2012, while the municipal poll is three years
behind schedule as Haiti slowly emerges from the
earthquake which left much of the country devastated
in 2010. (BBC)
Haitians protest over
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