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RIO DE JANEIRO---Squatters
have invaded an abandoned Rio de
Janeiro residential building that
Brazil's one-time richest man was
supposed to transform into a
luxury hotel ahead of the 2016
Around 100 people took over
building in the middle class
Flamengo neighbourhood over the
past two evenings. They demanded
yesterday that city officials provide
them with housing.
Former billionaire Eike Batista
bought the building to turn it into a
Hilton hotel. The building's former
residents were evicted in late 2012,
around the time that Batista's
mining and oil empire began to
crumble. No construction work was
carried out, and the building
remained empty, turning into a
breeding ground for mosquitoes
and cockroaches. (AP)
Squatters invade Rio building once billed as Olympic hotel
People stand behind a
gate at the entrance
of an abandoned
building in the middle
neighbourhood of Rio
de Janeiro, Brazil,
yesterday. AP PHOTO
The battle for the Yemeni port
of Aden has made it a "ghost
city," the head of the ICRC in the
city has told the BBC.
Robert Ghosen said medical aid
was urgently needed in the city,
where Shia Houthi rebels are
fighting forces loyal to the gov-
Aid agencies say more than 540
people have been killed in recent
fighting and more than 100,000
have been displaced.
President Abdrabbuh Mansour
Hadi fled to Saudi Arabia last
month as the rebels pushed south
from the capital, Sanaa.
As the rebels have advanced
on Aden, the port has also been
shelled by Saudi forces from the
sea.Fighting escalated in the city
this week, with reports of over-
flowing hospitals, hijacked ambu-
lances and bodies left in the
The ICRC-the International
Committee of the Red Cross---
says it is ready to send two aircraft
to Yemen, loaded with medical
supplies, but has so far been
unable to do so.
The World Health Organisation
says more than 540 people have
died in the Yemen s conflict in
the last two weeks and nearly
2,000 have been injured.
"We are seeing a lot of people
arriving dead at the hospital or
dying in the hospitals," Mr Ghosen
told the BBC s Today programme.
"The hospitals don t have the
right supplies and the right staff,"
"People are nowhere to be seen,
they are hiding. The economy has
completely stopped," he went on,
adding the streets were "littered"
with rubbish and rubble from
"(The city) is full of armed peo-
ple from different groups fighting.
This is a big city and nothing is
functional," Mr Ghosen said.
Nizma Alozebi, a student from
Aden, told the BBC that the vio-
lence had spread to residential
areas and most shops.
"People are afraid for their
belongings and their safety. It s
insanity," she said.
President Hadi was forced to
flee Yemen two weeks ago, as the
rebels advanced on Aden.
The Houthis have said their
aim is to replace his government,
which they accuse of being cor-
Saudi Arabia says the Houthis
have military backing from region-
al rival Iran, which denies the alle-
Aden a 'ghost city'
as death toll rises
ATHENS---Greece s defence
minister said his country s
government has obtained
"stunning evidence" to sup-
port its claim that German
World War II reparations are
worth a massive 278.7 billion
euros (US$302 billion).
Panos Kammenos said
Greece had obtained records
held by the US military that
review the extent of damage
to private and public property
during the Nazi occupation.
"There is stunning evi-
dence---detailing what (hap-
pened) in every village and in
every town," Kammenos said
in remarks made at the min-
istry Monday and published
"The evidence is so com-
pelling that it will lead to the
reopening of cases, even those
that have already gone to
The spat over reparations is
likely to add to tensions
between the two countries over
Greece s troubled bailout
repayments. The two-month-
old government in Athens is
struggling to repay debts and
draw up a convincing cost-
cutting reforms plan that Ger-
many and other creditors want
before they pay more rescue
Nazi Germany led the three-
year wartime occupation of
Greece that saw tens of thou-
sands of people die of starva-
tion under a brutal regime that
carried out random executions
in response to resistance fight-
ers and destroyed vital infra-
structure during its retreat.
Greece wants US302bn Nazi compensation
A Kenyan woman holds a candle and flowers as she listens to the names of each of the victims of
the Garissa attack being read out aloud, during a vigil at Uhuru Park in Nairobi, Kenya, yesterday.
Students and other Kenyans gathered at dusk to honour and remember the victims, lighting
candles, holding flowers, reading their names aloud, and erecting a white wooden cross for each of
those who were killed in the Garissa University College attack. AP PHOTO
Australia judge disclosing
alleged Internet pirates' details
SYDNEY---Internet providers lost an Australian court
battle yesterday to keep secret the names of Internet
users suspected of illegally downloading Hollywood
movie Dallas Buyers Club over file-sharing networks.
The Federal Court ruling is a landmark win for
copyright holders in a country which has a reputation
for being among of world's most prolific Internet pirates.
Justice Nye Perram granted a discovery order sought
by the 2013 movie's copyright owner Dallas Buyers Club
LLC to access names and home addresses of more than
4,700 Australian Internet account holders.
The ISPs opposed the application at a hearing in
February, citing concerns that the filmmakers could
intimidate subscribers with so-called "speculative
invoicing"---a strategy that involves sending intimidating
letters threatening legal action and seeking large sums
of money for breach of copyright.
"I will order the ISPs to divulge the names and
physical addresses of the customers associated in their
records with each of the 4,726 IP addresses," Perram
Mass graves might contain
TIKRIT---Mass graves believed to hold Iraqi soldiers
have been discovered in newly liberated Tikrit.
Up to 1,700 bodies may be recovered. Isis claimed to
have executed that many soldiers captured in June
outside Camp Speicher, a fortified Iraqi base near Tikrit.
Grieving Iraqis, apparently not related to the soldiers,
gathered to pray over the bodies. When the first three
bodies were found, ten Iraqi soldiers saluted the dead
by firing seven shots into the air. The national anthem
was played while soldiers wept.
All the bodies were decomposed. Some had their
hands bound, Damon said. The remains will be sent
back to Baghdad for DNA tests to establish identify,
said Ali Tahir, a director in the Iraqi morgue who was
supervising the digging and extraction.
Damon said there may be eight mass graves inside
the presidential palace complex, which contains the
residences of former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein,
and two other sites outside the city.
The presidential palaces complex became Isis
headquarters after the militants occupied the city. Iraqi
soldiers and Shiite militias retook Tikrit a few days ago
after a fierce battle. (CNN)
Police kill 20 sandalwood
smugglers in south India
HYDERABAD---Police killed 20 suspected
sandalwood smugglers during a fierce gun battle
yesterday in the southern Indian forests of Andhra
Kantha Rao, deputy inspector general of a special
police task force, said the smugglers attacked forest
and police officials as they were searching for 200
smugglers believed to have been cutting down trees
overnight near the Hindu pilgrimage town of
The smugglers attacked the officials "with axes
and other sharp-edged weapons, forcing the police
to open fire" in self-defence, Rao said.
Sandalwood smuggling is rampant in southern
India, with one ton going for up to US$80,000 on
the black market thanks to high demand in countries
such as China and Japan. (AP)
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