Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : February 23rd 2015 Contents RIYADH---Saudi Arabia s morality
police detained a group of young
men for dancing at a birthday party
and referred them to prosecutors,
according to a state-linked media
The news Web site Ayn al-Youm
reported that the Commission for
the Promotion of Virtue and the
Prevention of Vice raided a private
property in the city of Buraydah, ar-
resting the men inside for "loud
music and inappropriate dancing."
Buraydah is the provincial capital
of Saudi Arabia s Qassim province,
which is home to some of the king-
dom s most conservative clerics,
who practice a strict interpretation
of Islam known as Wahhabism.
An unnamed official told the Web
site that when members of the
morality police raided the private
property, they found the young men
in "a comprising situation in their
dance and shameful movements."
The official said there was also a
cake and candles to celebrate one of
the men s birthdays. (AP)
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Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, centre, and foreign guests pay their respects in honour of the Heavenly Hundred on
Independence Square in Kiev, Ukraine, Sunday,. Thousands participated in a march on Sunday commemorating the events of a year
ago and honouring the more than 100 protesters who died during them. President Petro Poroshenko led the ceremony, joined by
foreign representatives including the presidents of Poland, Lithuania, Germany, Georgia and the European Union. AP PHOTO
Saudi men detained for dancing at birthday party
KIEV---Two people were killed and
about a dozen injured in a bomb
explosion at a march Sunday in
Ukraine s second-largest city mark-
ing the first anniversary of the
ouster of president Viktor
Yanukovych, the country s interior
The Interior Ministry said the blast
in the eastern city Kharkiv was due
to an "unknown explosive device"
and was being considered a terrorist
act. A police officer was one of the
dead, it said.
A spokesman for the national
security service, Markian Lubkivskiy,
said four suspects had arrested for
the explosion and for planning other
attacks, the Interfax news agency
The violence comes as Ukraine
continues to be riven by tension and
bloodshed stemming from
Yanukovych s fall a year ago. The
Ukrainian parliament voted Feb. 22,
2014 to remove the Russia-friendly
president, following months of
increasingly violent protests in the
The Crimean peninsula, where
residents largely regarded his downfall
as a coup, was annexed by Russia a
Then armed rebels opposed to the
new authorities in Kiev took over
large parts of two regions bordering
Russia, setting off a war that has
killed more than 5,600 people.
A peace plan envisioning a cease-
fire and pullback of heavy weapons
was signed 10 days ago, but cease-
fire violations continue.
Ukraine planned to begin pulling
back heavy weaponry from the front
lines on Sunday in accordance with
the peace plan, Ukrainian military
spokesman Col. Andriy Lysenko told
a briefing, but he gave no details.
Rebel spokesman Eduard Basurin
said the pullback from both sides is
to take place between Sunday and
March 7, but he did not specify
whether rebels had made any moves
yet. There was no immediate con-
firmation that the withdrawal had
Both sides are to pull back their
big guns and rockets from 25 to 70
kilometres (15 to 43 miles) away from
the conflict line---depending on the
weapons size---creating a buffer zone
of between 50 and 140 kilometres
The buffer zone was a main ele-
ment of a peace agreement worked
out in marathon negotiations 10 days
ago in Minsk, Belarus. It also calls
for a full exchange of war captives.
Late Saturday, 139 Ukrainian soldiers
and 52 rebels were exchanged; it
remains unclear how many prisoners
in total are on each side and when
other swaps might take place.
The cease-fire that was the first
element of the Minsk plan was called
into effect last Sunday.
Ukraine said Russia-backed sep-
aratists violated the cease-fire a dozen
times during the night with artillery
and rocket attacks and an attempt
to storm a Ukrainian encampment.
Lysenko said one serviceman was
killed and three wounded over the
Explosions were heard in the main
rebel-held city Donetsk around dawn
on Sunday and a rebel website says
several buildings in the city were
damaged by artillery.
Despite the reported violations,
the level of firing appeared to be far
lower than a week ago.
Among the attacks reported by
the Ukrainian military was an attempt
to storm positions in the village of
Shyrokyne near the port city of Mar-
iupol. That city remains of strategic
concern to Ukraine because rebel
seizure of it could help establish a
land corridor between mainland Rus-
sia and the Russia-annexed Crimean
Kharkiv, where the Sunday explo-
sion took place, has considerable
symbolic importance in the drama
of Yanukovych s ouster. Part of the
heavily industrialized east that had
been his base of support, the city
was the last place he was publicly
seen in Ukraine before surfacing in
exile in Russia.
He had fled Kiev the evening
before, and in Kharkiv he gave a video
interview bitterly likening the pro-
testers against him to Nazis. (AP)
SHARJAH---Liberia s leader yesterday urged the
United States and other countries to keep up their
support to the West African nation as it recovers
from the Ebola epidemic and refocuses attention
on infrastructure projects that will better position
it to tackle future outbreaks of disease.
In an interview with The Associated Press, President
Ellen Johnson Sirleaf said Liberia needs outside help
to see through its "post-Ebola agenda" of building
up basic public services---development that she said
was needed to prevent another deadly epidemic from
becoming "a global menace."
Among the needs she highlighted were power proj-
ects to keep hospital equipment running, roads so the
sick can access medical facilities, and clean water to
prevent diseases from spreading.
"Our own limited resources have not enabled us
to take them to the level where they could ... be in
a preventive mode. And that s the support we want,"
"The great lesson in all these things, you know,
whether you re dealing with conflict or whether you re
dealing with disease, is to emphasize prevention rather
than cure. It costs so much when you have to fix it,"
added Sirleaf, who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2011.
Deeply impoverished Liberia was one of the countries
hardest hit in the West Africa Ebola outbreak that
began last year and ranks as the largest in history. It
has seen more than 9,000 confirmed, suspected and
probable cases, and 3,900 deaths.
Liberia, founded in 1847 by freed American slaves,
has long had close ties to the US.
Sirleaf was elected president in 2005 after years of
civil war, and was re-elected to a final term six years
later. She is in the United Arab Emirates city of Sharjah,
near Dubai, to address the International Government
Communication Forum. (AP)
Liberia leader urges
help in post-Ebola phase
Blast at Ukraine march kills two
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