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A US brewery has been forced
to apologise for naming an ale
after the teetotal Indian leader,
The New England Brewing Co
in Connecticut was slammed
for its Gandhi-Bot pale ale by
consumers, who claimed the
beverage was an an "illegal in-
sult" to India.
What particularly caused
upset was the can artwork,
showing Gandhi as a robot with
one hand raised in blessing.
Despite the backlash, the
company says it has no plans to
withdraw the beer, which is not
It claims that Gandhi s
granddaughter and grandson
have seen the label and have
"expressed their admiration"
However, a petitioner in India
contends that Gandhi s image
on the alcohol cans and de-
scription of the father of the
nation by the brewery is highly
condemnable and punishable
under Indian laws.---MailOnline
Brewery apologises over 'Gandhi beer'
Firefighters in South Australia
are racing to contain a major bush-
fire before soaring temperatures
and high winds fuel the blaze.
More than 30 homes are already
feared destroyed in the hills behind
the city of Adelaide.
More than 500 firefighters are
tackling the fires, which have been
burning since Friday.
Officials say the blaze is the worst
in the area since the Ash Wednesday
bushfires in 1983, which left 75
Temperatures are forecast to rise
as high as 38°C today and tomorow,
according to Australia s Bureau of
Australia s Deputy Prime Minister
Warren Truss said: "We are doing
everything we possibly can but
nature is powerful, fires are powerful
and everyone must respond to that
BEIRUT---Lebanon began impos-
ing unprecedented restrictions yes-
terday on the entry of Syrians, as
the tiny country with a fragile sec-
tarian balance struggles to cope
with well over a million refugees
fleeing the civil war next door.
The new policy requiring Syrians
to obtain visas that sharply limit the
time they can remain in Lebanon
effectively narrows one of the few
escape routes left from a war that
has displaced a third of Syria s pre-
war population and shows no sign
Over three million people have
fled Syria, mainly to neighbouring
Lebanon, Turkey, Jordan and Iraq.
Western countries have only accept-
ed small numbers of refugees, and
hundreds of people have drowned
attempting to cross the Mediter-
ranean Sea on rickety smuggler ships.
Lebanese officials say they simply
can t absorb any more. The govern-
ment estimates there are about 1.5
million Syrians in Lebanon, about
one-quarter of the total population.
Some 1.1 million are registered with
the UN s refugee agency.
"We have enough. There s no
capacity anymore to host more dis-
placed," Interior Minister Nohad
Machnouk said in a press conference
carried on local television.
Lebanese security officials said
many Syrians were turned back at
border crossings yesterday but they
had no exact figures.
There are no plans to forcibly
repatriate Syrians already in
Lebanon has been hosting hun-
dreds of thousands of Palestinian
refugees since Israel s creation in
1948, and their presence was a cen-
tral factor in the 1975-1990 civil war.
The war in Syria has already esca-
lated tensions between Lebanon s
Shiites and Sunnis, and many fear
the influx of the mainly Sunni
refugees could again aggravate the
tiny country s delicate multi-sec-
tarian balance. (AP)
A women-only minibus service
has been launched in Nepal s cap-
ital Kathmandu to reduce sexual
harassment on the city s frequent-
ly overcrowded routes.
The chairman of the company
behind the venture says the aim is
to make women feel more com-
fortable and secure.
Four 17-seat vehicles will run on
key routes in the city during rush
Around a quarter of young
women in Nepal have been sub-
jected to sexual harassment on
public transport, according to a
2013 World Bank survey.
All buses in Kathmandu have to
designate a certain number of seats
as "women-only" by law but critics
say the rule is poorly enforced.
Bharat Nepal, who chairs the
Bagmati Transport Entrepreneurs
Association behind the scheme,
said it was designed to address the
longstanding issue of sexual harass-
ment, which is particularly prob-
lematic during peak hours. (BBC)
Boko Haram fighters have over-
powered Nigerian soldiers at a
military base in the far northeast-
ern town of Baga, forcing resi-
dents and soldiers to flee. The mil-
itary has not issued a statement
about Saturday s attack, but
sources say the Islamist insur-
gents have full control of the
Boko Haram overran Baga after
attacking a nearby village.
One survivor said "hundreds"
of insurgents rode into Baga on
motorbikes and other vehicles,
some throwing explosives. They
set fire to buildings and triggered
a fierce gunfight with Nigerian sol-
The soldiers resisted "for hours,"
said an intelligence official in Maid-
uguri but they could not hold the
town without reinforcements.
Insurgents had blocked the main
roads. Residents fled into the bush
or headed for Lake Chad to hop in
canoes or try to swim away. Some
drowned. Other residents were shot
or injured. The number of dead
and wounded is not known.
Boko Haram overruns Nigerian military base
We can't take
in 'race against time'
Men dressed as the Three Kings ride on camels during procession of the
Three Kings in Prague, Czech Republic, yesterday. The procession, which
annually marks the end of the Christmas festivities in Prague, is a re-
enactment of the journey of the Wise Men to visit baby Jesus. AP PHOTO
A can of Gandhi-Bot ale.
In this June 2014 photo, Chilean clown Claudio, right, and American clown David Clay, left, members of
"Clowns Without Borders," perform for children at a Syrian refugee camp in the eastern town of Chtoura, in
Bekaa valley, Lebanon. The children are among the more than one million Syrians who have flooded into
Lebanon over the past three years, fleeing the violence that has ripped apart their homeland. AP PHOTO
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