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White paint was used to deface a statue
of Mahatma Gandhi and its plaque.
A man has appeared in a South African
court in connection with vandalising a statue
of Mahatma Gandhi.
"He was found while painting the statue
with white paint and arrested," police
spokesman Kay Makhubele told the BBC.
He was part of a group who
demonstrated near the statue on Saturday
with placards reading: "Racist Gandhi must
This is the latest in a series of protests in
South Africa calling for the removal of
historic statues. While the man who led
India to independence is widely regarded a
man who stood for peace, some South
Africans have accused Gandhi of working
with the British colonial government to
promote racial segregation.
He lived in South Africa for 20 years and
campaigned for the rights of Indian people
there. The rest of the South African
protesters, who managed to escape, wore
caps with the governing African National
Congress (ANC) but the party has distanced
itself from the incident and condemned the
defacing of the statue.
On Saturday, several hun-
dred people protested outside
the Saudi embassy in Tehran
Iran has suspended flights
for pilgrims to Saudi Arabia
after the alleged sexual
assaults of two Iranian boys.
Culture Minister Ali Jannati
said flights would only resume
once those responsible had
The teenagers allege that
before returning to Tehran
from the Umra, or lesser
Islamic pilgrimage, in March
they were abused by security
officials at Jeddah airport.
The move is likely to deep-
en tensions between the two
They are currently at odds
over the conflict in Yemen,
where a coalition led by Sunni
Muslim-ruled Saudi Arabia is
carrying out air strikes on Shia
Houthi rebels, which the US
says are receiving military
assistance from Iran. Iran and
the Houthis deny this.
Yesterday, Jannati told state
television: "I have ordered the
Hajj and Pilgrimage Organi-
sation to suspend the Umra
until the criminals are tried
Each year about 500,000
Iranians undertake the Umra
in Saudi Arabia, an optional
pilgrimage that can be under-
taken at any time of the year
other than during the main
pilgrimage, or Hajj.
Hundreds of thousands of
people have joined peaceful
demonstrations across Brazil
against government corrup-
Crowds were generally
smaller than in March when
more than 1.5 million people
They allege involvement of
the governing Worker s Party
in bribery at the state oil firm
President Dilma Rousseff
denies involvement and has
been exonerated in an inves-
tigation by the attorney gen-
The political opposition say
much of the alleged bribery
of politicians took place when
Rousseff was head of the oil
Despite her exoneration,
many protestors still believe
that the president must have
known about the scandal.
Some have been calling for
Police say that hundreds of
thousands of people have been
marching in cities across Brazil
Police have said that
696,000 people took to the
streets on Sunday but organ-
isers have put the number at
1.5 million, according to Globo
news. Many of the protestors
wore the yellow shirts of the
national football team and
waved Brazilian flags.
Others held placards reading
"Dilma out" and "Corrupt
A student has died and
more than 100 were hurt in
a stampede which followed
the explosion of an electric-
ity transformer at a Kenyan
Residents of Nairobi uni-
versity s Kikuyu campus
mistook the blast for a ter-
rorist attack and jumped out
of hostel windows early on
Tensions are high among
students after an Islamist
attack on a Kenyan college
ten days ago which left 148
dead. Meanwhile activists
criticised Kenya for ordering
Somali refugees home.
The Nairobi University
blast happened on Sunday.
Reports say there were mul-
tiple explosions, or a pro-
longed sound, prompting
fears of a terrorist attack and
sending many students into
Some avoided using the
entrances to their hostels,
thinking that al-Shabab mil-
itants were occupying them,
and jumped from windows,
some as high as the 6th floor.
One man died after jump-
ing and several other stu-
dents were critically injured.
Many suffered cuts and bro-
Everyone in Kenya has
been touched by the attack
in Garissa on April 2, with
questions asked about secu-
rity lapses and the govern-
ment s response to the
Students have held
protests against the lack of
security on campuses.
Former US Secretary of State Hillary Clin-
ton has set out for a tour of key states, at
the start of her campaign to become the
first woman US president.
She is taking a road trip to meet small
groups of voters in Iowa, having announced
her bid for the Democratic presidential nom-
ination on Sunday.
She had been expected to declare her can-
didacy for months.
Mrs Clinton ran for the Democratic pres-
idential nomination in 2008 but lost to Barack
A few hours into her journey from New
York to Iowa, Clinton tweeted: "Road trip!
Loaded the van & set off for IA. Met a great
family when we stopped this afternoon. Many
more to come. -H."
Clinton s team said she would spend the
next few weeks building up grassroots support
in the early Democratic primary states.
Her first rally, to officially kick off her cam-
paign, is not expected until mid-May. But
her trip to Iowa is to be a "listening tour"
where Clinton will meet voters at low-key
Later this week, she is expected to meet
groups of students, teachers and small busi-
On Sunday, Clinton launched her campaign
Web site and declared in a video that she
was running for president.
"Americans have fought their way back
from tough economic times," she said, "but
the deck is still stacked in favour of those at
She added that she wanted to be a cham-
pion for "everyday Americans."
The launch of Hillary Clinton s campaign
for the presidency was meant to be low-key.
It was meant to reflect the idea that it was
all about ordinary Americans and the everyday
concerns of the middle class.
But whether she likes it or not, Mrs Clinton
is a huge name in politics and reinventing
herself as the embodiment of change won t
True, she is unlikely to face any stiff com-
petition from her own side for the nomination,
but Republicans have been unrelenting in
their attacks on her and that will only increase.
Clinton, 67, has already had the backing
of Mr Obama, who said on Saturday that she
would make an "excellent president." (BBC)
Demonstrators wearing masks depicting the former President
Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, left, and Brazil's President Dilma
Rousseff holds fake money inside a mock jail during a protest
march demanding the impeachment of Brazil's President
Dilma, over an alleged scheme of corruption that siphoned
money from the state-owned oil company Petrobras, in Sao
Paulo, Brazil, March 15. AP PHOTO
In this file photo Secretary of State Hillary Clinton arrives in Paris April 19, 2012. Clinton
declared her presidential candidacy on Sunday. REUTERS PHOTO
...sets off for tour of key states
Iran suspends Saudi pilgrimage
flights over 'assaults'
Thousands call for Dilma impeachment
Stampede after terror scare at Nairobi university
Mahatma Gandhi statue vandalised in Johannesburg
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