Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : March 23rd 2015 Contents The coffin of a woman, killed
by a mob in Kabul on an appar-
ently false charge, has been car-
ried by women, marking a break
with Afghan funeral customs.
Hundreds of people attended a
funeral for the woman, named as
Farkhunda, demanding her killers
Farkhunda had been accused of
burning the Koran, but an official
investigator said there was no evi-
dence for this.
The attack on the woman, as
well as the alleged failure of police
to intervene, have been heavily
Afghan President Ashraf Ghani
said he had ordered an investiga-
tion into the killing.
Footage of the attack, filmed on
mobile phones, has been widely
circulated on social media.
A mob, largely made of men,
attacked the woman with sticks
and stones, beating her to death
before setting her body alight,
while police reportedly looked on.
Witnesses said the crowd had
accused the woman of burning a
copy of the Koran.
The attack, near the Shah-Du-
Shamshaira mosque and shrine, is
thought to have been the first of
its kind in Afghanistan.
At the funeral yesterday,
women s activists carried the cof-
fin, breaking with tradition as men
usually perform that role.
An interior ministry official in
charge of investigating the case
said he had found no evidence that
the woman had burnt the Koran.
"Farkhunda was totally inno-
cent," Gen Mohammad Zahir told
reporters. He said 13 people,
including eight police officers, had
Earlier claims that the woman
was mentally ill have also been
contradicted by a relative and a
Farkhunda s brother told Reuters
news agency that his sister was
training to be a religious teacher.
He said her father had said she
was ill after hearing of her death,
out of a desire to protect the rest
of the family.
A neighbour of the family, inter-
viewed by the Associated Press,
also said the woman had no history
of mental problems and had been
training as a teacher.
The US has spent millions of
dollars on programmes designed
to empower and educate Afghan
However, women in much of
the country still suffer discrimi-
nation, and attacks on them often
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Lee Kuan Yew, the states-
man who transformed Sin-
gapore from a small port city
into a wealthy global hub,
has died at the age of 91.
Mr Lee served as the city-
state s prime minister for 31
years, and continued to work
in government until 2011.
Highly respected as the
architect of Singapore s
prosperity, Mr Lee was also
criticised for his iron grip on
Under him freedom of
speech was tightly restricted
and political opponents tar-
geted by the courts.
"The Prime Minister is
deeply grieved to announce
the passing of Mr Lee Kuan
Yew, the founding Prime
Minister of Singapore. Mr
Lee passed away peacefully
at the Singapore General
Hospital today at 3.18 am.
He was 91," said an official
Born in 1923, Lee formed
the People s Action Party in
1954, then became Prime
Minister in 1959.
Third Tunis Bardo Museum
attacker 'on the run'
A third attacker is still "on the run" after
the deadly Bardo Museum attack in which 25
people died, Tunisia's president said in a live
"There were certainly three
attackers...there is one who is on the run, he
won't get far," President Beji Caid Essebsi
Suspects have been arrested over the
attack but just two gunmen were thought to
have assaulted the museum.
The news comes after a video was
released of the pair roaming the Bardo.
Mr Essebsi said it was clear there had
been three attackers, because they had
"been identified and filmed on surveillance
"We've asked the people to help (find the
third attacker) because the people are
interested in this."
He said in an interview with French media
that a monument would be erected in
memory of the victims.
Celine Jimmy prayed
three times before
running out of a
clubhouse into the
darkness to a family
home as Cyclone Pam
roared through her
village in Vanuatu, her
four children close by her
"The next morning, we
thanked God because he
More than a week
after the maximum
category five storm
destroyed the crops she
grew to feed her family,
Glenes Lulu is also
praying, asking God for
rain to help seeds grow
and so she can have
clean water to drink.
Religion is important
in Vanuatu, whose
population is largely
Christian, with the
majority Protestants and
about 12 per cent
There are also so-
called cargo cults, which
mostly sprang up during
World War II, when
hundreds of thousands
of American troops
poured into the islands,
Most have fizzled out
although the John Frum
movement on Tanna
island, badly-hit by the
cyclone, continues to
have a significant
following, with believers
expecting the mythical
Frum to return bearing
loads of cargo from
America. Tanna is also
home to the Prince Philip
reveres Queen Elizabeth
II's husband, worshipping
him as a divine being.
Since the cyclone hit
on March 13---affecting
about half of Vanuatu's
population, according to
the United Nations---
agencies in rushing to
the Pacific nation to
Singapore's Lee Kuan Yew dies
Women help bury
Mourners demanded justice for Farkhunda.
'big threat to China'
Climate change could have a "huge impact"
on China, reducing crop yields and harming
the environment, the country's top weather
scientist has warned, in a rare official
Zheng Guogang told Xinhua news agency
that climate change could be a "serious
threat" to big infrastructure projects.
He said temperature rises in China were
already higher than global averages.
China, the world's biggest polluter, has said
its emissions of gases that cause climate
change will peak by 2030. However, the
country has not set a specific target for
cutting emissions of the gases, mainly carbon
Mr Zheng, the head of China's
meteorological administration, said warming
temperatures exposed his country to a
growing "risk of climate change and climate
He said temperature rises in China had
already been higher than the global average
for the past century. These are rare
admissions from a Chinese official, BBC Asia
analyst Michael Bristow says.
China's leaders have acknowledged the
damage from global warming but they
usually do not lay out the full scale of the
Mr Zheng warned of more droughts,
rainstorms, and higher temperatures, which
would threaten river flows and harvests, as
well as major infrastructure projects such as
the Three Gorges Dam. He urged China to
pursue a lower-carbon future.
Leaders from the two countries are taking
part in a summit in Paris this year that will
aim for a global deal to cut carbon emissions
Farkhunda had been
accused of burning the
Koran, but an official
investigator said there
was no evidence for this.
A mob, largely made of
men, attacked the
woman with sticks and
stones, beating her to
death before setting her
body alight, while police
reportedly looked on.
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