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Drug maker arrested in
India sterilisation deaths
NEW DELHI---Indian police have
arrested the director of a drug
manufacturing firm that allegedly supplied
medication to women in a mass
sterilisation that left 13 dead, news reports
said yesterday. Ramesh Mahawar of
Mahawar Pharma Pvt Ltd and his son were
arrested and charged with fraud. Police
Superintendent OP Pal said the men were
arrested on the complaint of food and drug
A total of 83 women underwent
surgeries as part of a government-run
campaign Saturday and were sent home
that evening. Dozens became ill and were
rushed to hospitals, where at least 13 of
them died. (AP)
Washington cathedral to
host first Muslim prayer
National Cathedral is hosting a Muslim
prayer service for the first time.
Planners say they hope yesterday's
service at the historic cathedral will
foster more understanding and
acceptance between Christians and
Muslims around the world.
Planners say this is the first time the
cathedral has invited Muslims to lead
their own prayers there, which they call
a "powerful symbolic gesture." The
prayer service developed after the
cathedral's liturgical director met South
African Ambassador Ebrahim Rasool
while planning the national memorial
service for Nelson Mandela. (AP)
Sweden says mystery
vessel was foreign sub
Swedish officials said yesterday that a mysterious
vessel detected in the waters off Stockholm last month
was a foreign submarine that had violated its territorial
Although many in Sweden and elsewhere suspected
that the submarine was Russian, the Swedish
authorities said they were unable to determine the
nationality of the intruder. Russia has denied conducting
any recent operations in Swedish waters.
"The Swedish armed forces now confirms that a
submarine has violated Swedish territorial integrity,"
Sweden's top military officer, Gen Sverker Goranson, said
in a statement published on the armed forces' Web site,
adding that results from an intelligence analysis
conducted in October were unambiguous.
"Swedish territory has been seriously and
unacceptably violated by a foreign power," General
Goranson said, adding, "The gravity of this is obvious."
Sweden's prime minister, Stefan Lofven, was quoted
by The Associated Press as saying that the intrusion into
Swedish territorial waters was "totally unacceptable."
The search for the unknown vessel prompted the
biggest mobilisation of its kind in Sweden since the end
of the Cold War. Helicopters and ships, including
minesweepers, scoured the Stockholm archipelago for a
submarine. The search was called off after a week.
---New York Times
Boko Haram seizes Chibok,
hometown of kidnapped schoolgirls
KANO---Boko Haram has seized the town of Chibok
in Borno state, northeast Nigeria, from where 276
schoolgirls were kidnapped more than six months ago,
a local pastor and a senator told AFP yesterday.
"Chibok was taken by Boko Haram. They are in
control," said Enoch Mark, a Christian pastor whose
daughter and niece are among the 219 teenagers still
Mark and the senator for southern Borno, Ali
Ndume, said the militants attacked Thursday,
destroying communications masts and forcing
residents to flee.
Ndume said that he had received calls from fleeing
residents saying the town "was now under their (Boko
"There is no telephone service now in Chibok, which
is why it took time before the reports reached me," he
Boko Haram fighters stormed the Government Girls
Secondary School in Chibok on the evening of April 14
this year and forced students onto trucks in a mass
abduction that caused global outrage.
Fifty-seven managed to escape.
The group's leader, Abubakar Shekau, claims to have
carried through his promise to marry off the teenagers
still being held and said that they had all converted to
More than six months on, talks aimed at securing
their release are at an impasse, despite government
claims last month to have brokered a ceasefire deal
with the militants and peace talks.
Mark said the attack on the town appeared to come
after Boko Haram overran the towns of Hong and
Gombi in neighbouring Adamawa state following the
group's ouster from the commercial hub of Mubi.
Nigeria's government has been heavily criticised for
its response to the mass abduction, its failure to free
the girls as well as its apparent inability to protect its
South Africa police oust
lawmaker from parliament
JOHANNESBURG---South Africa's political factions
criticised each other yesterday after scuffles and angry
speeches in parliament ended with police entering the
chamber and removing one opposition member.
The ruling party, the African National Congress,
described the National Assembly as a "chaotic circus"
following Thursday's uproar.
The opposition said the ruling camp was
undermining parliamentary rules to protect President
Jacob Zuma from scrutiny.
The nationally-televised debate in parliament
became unruly when opposition parties attempted to
delay a vote absolving Zuma of wrongdoing in a
scandal over more than $20 million in state spending
on Nkandla, his private compound.
The parliamentary session ended when police
removed a member of an opposition party, the
Economic Freedom Fighters, after she refused to
withdraw a statement criticising the president.
"Zuma is the greatest thief in the world," opposition
member Ngwanamakwetle Mashabela repeated. She
refused to leave the podium.
Opposition party members tweeted photographs of
police surrounding Mashabela, who was dressed as a
housemaid as part of a campaign to identify with the
Despite the chaos, the majority African National
Congress voted in favour of a recommendation to
absolve the president from any financial wrongdoing.
BERLIN---A European probe has
begun drilling into a comet to collect
scientific data, but mission controllers
said yesterday that battery issues may
make it impossible---at least for now---
to access that information.
The Philae lander on Wednesday
became the first spacecraft to touch
down on a comet and has since sent
its first images from the surface of the
body, known as 67P/Churyumov-
But two harpoons that should have
anchored the washing machine-sized
Philae to the surface did not properly
deploy when it hit the comet.
That caused the lander to bounce
off the comet and drift through the
void for two hours before touching
down again. After a second, smaller
bounce, scientists believe it came to
rest in a shallow crater on the comet s
two-and-a-half-mile-wide body, or
nucleus. European Space Agency mis-
sion control still has not been able to
locate the probe, but it s believed to be
next to a cliff that is blocking sunlight
from its solar panels.
That means the probe has been oper-
ating on battery power, which is expect-
ed to soon run out.
Philippe Gaudon, an ESA project
manager, said that by using that power,
Philae was able to successfully deploy
its drill and bore about ten inches into
the comet s surface to start collecting
"So the mechanism has worked, but
unfortunately we have lost the link and
we have no more data," he told reporters
in an online briefing.
Meantime, he said the probe is
receiving "very limited power" from
its solar panels and project engineers
are trying to determine how they might
move the panels so that they receive
Communication with the lander is
slow, with signals taking more than 28
minutes to travel between Earth and
Philae s mother ship, the Rosetta orbiter
flying above the comet. (AP)
British leader gets laughs
at Aussie's expense
BRISBANE---British Prime Minister David Cameron
took a playful dig yesterday at his Australian counterpart
over an obscure threat to assault the Russian president
at a weekend summit here.
Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott raised
eyebrows last month when he declared he intended to
"shirtfront" President Vladimir Putin, using an Australian
football term for a head-on shoulder charge to an
opponent's chest. Abbott, an athletic 56-year-old former
amateur boxer, is demanding more cooperation from
Russia on the Dutch-led investigation into the downing
of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 in eastern Ukraine in July
by a missile suspected to have been fired by Russian-
Russian officials ridiculed Abbott's threat, warning that
Putin, 62, was a judo expert. Abbott tempered his
language, promising a "robust discussion" when the
leaders meet on the sidelines of this weekend's G-20
weekend summit of leaders of wealthy and developing
countries in Brisbane.
Cameron drew laughs in a speech to the Australian
Parliament yesterday when he mentioned his trepidation
at being approached by Australian Foreign Minister Julie
Bishop at a recent summit in Italy.
"I wondered for a moment whether I was heading for
what I'm told we now need to call a shirtfronting,"
To Cameron's relief, Bishop offered him Australian
staff for a British Ebola hospital at Sierra Leone.
Putin was scheduled to arrive in Brisbane yesterday
for the summit. Abbott highlighted the deployment of
four Russian warships in international waters off the
northeast Australian coast in recent days to coincide
with Putin's visit as an example of Russia becoming
more assertive than it had been in years.
Australia has sent three warships to the Coral Sea to
monitor them. The Russian embassy said in a statement
on Friday Russia's Pacific fleet was testing its range. The
fleet could also, if necessary, provide security for Putin,
the embassy said. (AP)
...location still sought
HEADS IN THE SAND
A group of around 400 demonstrators participate in a protest by burying their
heads in the sand at Sydney's Bondi Beach, yesterday. Hundreds of protesters
participated in the event, held ahead of tomorrow's G20 summit in Brisbane,
which was being promoted as a message to Australian Prime Minister Tony
Abbott's government that, "You have your head in the sand on climate
change." REUTERS PHOTO
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