Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : December 13th 2014 Contents Belgium has held a state funeral
for the dowager Queen Fabiola, who
died last week at the age of 89.
Born Fabiola de Mora y Aragon in
Madrid, she was the widow of King
Baudouin and reigned as queen con-
sort from 1960 until his death in
Representatives of global royalty
attended the ceremony at Brussels'
Cathedral of St Michael and St
The deeply Catholic queen was seen as a uni-
fying force in a country divided between Flemish
and French speakers.
Queen Fabiola and King Baudouin did not have
any children. After the king's death, the crown
was passed to his brother, Albert,
who abdicated in 2013 in favour of
his son, Crown Prince Philippe.
The former queen's body was
taken from the Royal Palace in Brus-
sels in a flag-draped coffin yesterday.
It was accompanied by soldiers on
horseback, amid heavy rain and fierce
winds. Flags across the city flew at
The funeral at the cathedral was
attended by members of the world's royal fami-
lies, including Japanese Empress Michiko, Thai
Crown Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn and
Spain's former king Juan Carlos.
The former queen is to be buried next to her
husband in Laeken.
Climate talks in Lima entered their
final day yesterday with long-
running issues still dividing the
parties, despite an impassioned appeal
from US Secretary of State John Kerry.
Kerry told the negotiators that the world
was "still on a course leading to tragedy."
An ambitious deal he said was "not an
option, it is an urgent necessity."
But ongoing battles are threatening to
limit any progress in the Peruvian capital.
Many developed countries want to see
a change in the way the nations are clas-
sified in the UN process. Until now, the
rich have been obliged to take on commit-
ments to cut emissions while the poor have
Countries such as the US say that the
old divisions are outdated and they want
everyone to take on some form of obliga-
In his speech, Kerry reinforced this idea.
No country should have a "free pass" any-
more, he said.
"I know this is difficult for developing
nations. We have to remember that today
more than half of emissions are coming
from developing nations, so it is imperative
that they act too."
But this approach is being resisted by a
number of countries, including China and
many others, who want to adhere to the
idea of "common but differentiated respon-
Some countries are suspicious that the
text being developed here in Lima is an
attempt to get round the concept of dif-
ferentiation, which is embedded in 1992 s
UN framework convention on climate
The issue has become critical as the
chairs of the talks introduced a new draft
text that many felt watered down the orig-
A large group of developing nations
known as the G77 objected.
Another key battle was over the initial
commitments that countries are expected
to make by the end of March next year.
Known in the jargon of the UN talks as
the "intended nationally determined con-
tributions" or INDCs, rich and poor are
still divided over what should be part of
The developed want to restrict them to
carbon cuts. The developing want them to
include finance for adaptation. (BBC)
BUDAPEST---Prime Minister Viktor Orban,
who has vowed to remake Hungary into a
"non-liberal" state as he moves closer to
Moscow, now wants mandatory drug testing
for journalists and politicians.
The plan has alarmed his critics, who call it
an attack on civil liberties and a cynical at-
tempt to combat a drop in his popularity.
A member of his governing Fidesz party
had recently suggested mandatory, annual
drug tests for 12- to 18-year-olds as well, but
that plan has apparently been dropped.
Orban said yesterday that drug use and
the "drug mafia" are a growing threat and
that the government intends to fight back
during the rest of its term, which lasts until
"The government decided that it will rid
Hungary of the drug mafia in this term,"
Orban said. "Politicians, journalists and those
filling positions of public trust have to be in-
cluded (in the drug tests) because it is clear
that those who consume drugs cannot be re-
lied on in the fight against drugs."
"We have to clarify where everyone
stands. We have to announce this fight and
the drug mafia has to be squeezed out of
Hungary with the most Draconian punish-
ments and the most precise procedures by
the authorities," Orban said. (AP)
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Hungary's leader wants drug tests for journalists
'World heading to tragedy'
Families carry their belongings as they evacuate their homes after a fire broke out at
a slum area in Manila, Thursday. Reuters photo
Former Korean Air executive Heather Cho has
apologised for delaying a plane over a serving of
nuts, in her first public appearance since the inci-
Her father, airline chairman Cho Yang-ho, also
apologised at a news conference, amid a simmer-
ing backlash in South Korea.
He said Ms Cho, who has resigned from the air-
line, would be stripped of roles in affiliated compa-
The Government is probing the incident, which
has dominated headlines.
Ms Cho was onboard a Korean Airlines plane de-
parting from New York for Incheon last week when
she demanded a crew member to be removed,
after she was served nuts in a bag, instead of on a
Korean Air initially defended Ms Cho's behaviour,
noting that as vice-president overseeing flight
service, she was responsible for making sure serv-
ice standards were upheld. It later apologised.
Yesterday Ms Cho bowed in apology when she
spoke to reporters outside a government building,
where she was due to meet transport officials.
"I sincerely apologise," she said, adding that she
planned to say sorry personally to affected crew
Hours earlier her father called a press conference
and said he was apologising "as a father and head
of Korean Air."
He called his daughter's conduct "foolish", and
added: "I beg the people to blame me for the cur-
rent situation, because everything is my fault... I
failed to properly educate my daughter." (BBC)
A man faces deportation from the UK after a
court ruled his British wife's salary was not high
Michael Engel, from South Africa, said the
"bizarre" immigration system rules were "attacking
Engel, a 31-year-old yacht engineer living in
Cornwall, said he and wife Natalie plan to go back
to South Africa with 18-month-old daughter
A Home Office spokesman said the rules were
designed to stop foreign spouses becoming reliant
on UK taxpayers.
The couple was told of the immigration tribu-
nal's ruling after they had appealed on the grounds
of a right to family life.
But under rules introduced in 2012, British citi-
zens who want to bring a foreign spouse to the UK
must earn £18,600 a year and a further £3,800---a
total of £22,400---if the couple have a child.
Mrs Engel's craft-making business made
£19,786 in 2014 which was deemed not enough by
the tribunal panel, which met on December 3.
She said the decision made her feel like her fam-
ily was being "kicked out" of the country.
The couple is now awaiting a deportation date.
Korean Air executive:
Sorry for going nuts:
Man to be deported as
UK wife's salary too low
An MP from India s governing party
has apologised in parliament a day after
he praised the killer of independence
leader Mahatma Gandhi as a "patriot."
But Sakshi Maharaj of the Bharatiya
Janata Party (BJP) used his apology to
attack the opposition Congress Party,
fuelling further outrage.
Earlier this month another BJP MP
sparked outrage by using offensive lan-
guage to describe non-Hindus.
Gandhi was assassinated in 1948 by
Nathuram Godse, a hard-line Hindu.
Godse, who was executed for the mur-
der, resented Gandhi s calls for Hindus
and Muslims to unite.
On Thursday, Sakshi Maharaj had said:
"Godse was an aggrieved person. He may
have done something by mistake but was
not an anti-national. He was a patriot."
The comments led to outrage in par-
liament, with opposition MPs condemn-
ing attempts to "glorify" Godse.
"I respect Gandhi, I respect the House.
I withdraw my remarks," the MP said in
the lower house of parliament on Fri-
But he went on to say that the oppo-
sition Congress "killed the Mahatma s
ideology in 1984 during anti-Sikh riots,"
in which Congress leaders were accused
of leading mob attacks.
This drew loud protests from oppo-
sition MPs, who refused to accept the
The government distanced itself from
India MP sorry
Belgium Queen Fabiola has state funeral
Belgium's Queen Fabiola
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