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struggling to deal with large amounts of
foul-smelling, brown seaweed piling up
Sargassum seaweed washes up every
year along many coastlines in the region.
But some officials in tourism-dependent
Barbados say this is the largest amount
they have ever seen.
So much of the algae has washed up
that a national cleanup exercise was held
last weekend. The island's conservation
commission says thick piles of the
seaweed have affected 25 beaches. (AP)
ATHENS---Twenty-six wild horses
have been killed with shotguns on a
remote mountainside in southern
Greece, but the motive for the attack
remains unclear, police said yesterday.
The horses were privately owned,
but were allowed to roam wild in the
region, police said.
"The people responsible for these
kind of attacks are usually people who
mistakenly believe that their grazing
land will be affected or have a quarrel
with the owner," he said.
26 wild horses shot dead in Greece
B'dos struggles to clear seaweed piles
JERUSALEM---Israel s ceremonial president said
yesterday that an outbreak of violent protests by
Ethiopian Jews has "exposed an open, bleeding
wound in the heart of Israeli society" and that the
country must respond to their grievances.
Reuven Rivlin spoke a day after thousands of
Ethiopian protesters clashed with police in Tel Aviv
in an unprecedented scene of unrest and anger. The
clashes reflected widespread frustration in the Ethiopi-
an community, which three decades after it first
arrived in Israel, has become an underclass plagued
by poverty, crime and unemployment.
While Ethiopian Israelis have held demonstrations
in the past, the protests have rarely turned violent,
and never on the scale of Sunday s unrest. The pro-
testers shut down a major highway in Tel Aviv, hurled
stones and bottles at police officers and overturned
a squad car. They were dispersed with tear gas, water
cannons and stun grenades. More than 60 people
were wounded and 40 arrested.
The violence caught much of the country, including
the government, off guard.
Ethiopian Jews begin migrating to Israel three
decades ago and struggled greatly as they made the
transition from an impoverished and developing
country into high-tech Israel. Over time they have
integrated more into Israeli society, serving in the
military and making inroads in politics, sports and
entertainment. However, many complain of racism,
lack of opportunity, endemic poverty and routine
These simmering frustrations boiled over after
footage emerged last week of an Ethiopian Israeli in
an army uniform being beaten by police. Sunday
night s violence was the second such grassroots
protest in recent days, and demonstrations are expect-
ed to continue. (AP)
ROME---Italian rescue ships brought migrants by
the thousands to the country s southern ports,
including a baby born aboard a navy vessel, as
crowded shelters in Sicily and on the mainland
struggled yesterday to find room for them.
In a three-day period ending Sunday, 6,771 sur-
vivors were rescued in the seas north of Libya from
overcrowded rubber dinghies and unseaworthy fishing
boats sent out by smuggling rings, the Coast Guard
reported yesterday. Ten bodies were found Sunday
on boats or in the sea.
Calm seas and mild temperatures fueled the spike
in human trafficking---just like it did last month
when nearly 6,000 migrants were rescued during a
few days of good weather. Italy has not yet released
the total number of migrant arrivals in April, but the
relentless stream of migrants this year is on track to
surpass the 170,000 rescued at sea by Italy in 2014.
The navy said a woman, in labour when rescued
Sunday, gave birth to a girl aboard one of its patrol
ships. Mother and daughter were fine and the patrol
boat, carrying 654 migrants who were saved in four
different rescue operations, headed to port.
The surge of arrivals set Italian port mayors and
charity organizations scrambling to find beds for the
migrants. Many migrants will seek asylum because
of war or persecution and hope to reach relatives in
northern Europe. But until their applications are
processed, which could take months or longer, asy-
lum-seekers are supposed to stay in Italy. (AP)
NEW DELHI---At least 21
people were burned to death
when a bus fell into a ditch
and caught fire in central
India yesterday, police said.
Constable Vikram Singh at
the police control room in
Panna district said the death
toll from the crash may rise
as police teams cut into the
wreckage of the charred bus.
Singh said another 14 people
had been injured and added
that it wasn t clear how many
passengers were travelling on
the private bus. He said the
cause of the accident was also
being investigated. (AP)
NEPAL---Celebrations of Buddha s birthday in
Nepal were muted yesterday, as the faithful turned
their prayers to loved ones lost in the country s
massive earthquake and worries that the tragedy
might be the start of a much larger reckoning.
According to Buddhist scripture, when the land
becomes burdened---by pollution, overpopulation or
simply too much evil---a cleansing may be in order.
First there is an earthquake and then fire. Next, a
storm and possibly a tsunami.
"It is written, and so it shall come," she said. Yet
she told the faithful gathered at the monastery Monday
not to worry---just pray, and be with your families.
"No one is immortal. No one is safe."
Though Buddha is said to have been born around
563 BC as a prince in Nepal, Buddhists comprise just
9 per cent of Nepal s 28 million people. His birthday,
known here as Buddha Jayantha and celebrated during
a full moon in April or May, is the most important
for those who follow the faith. (AP)
TEXAS---US agents searched
an apartment in Phoenix as part
of an investigation into a shoot-
ing outside a suburban Dallas
venue hosting a provocative
contest for Prophet Muhammad
cartoons, the FBI confirmed
A police officer shot and killed
two gunmen who opened fire
outside the event Sunday night.
A security officer was wounded
in the shooting.
Garland police officer Joe Harn
says the men had used assault
rifles, and that one officer had
fatally shot both gunmen. Harn
also said investigators searched
the men s car and detonated sev-
eral suspicious items, but no
bombs were found in the vehi-
"We were able to stop those
men before they were able to
penetrate the area and shoot any-
one else," Harn said.
The event Sunday featured
speeches by American Freedom
Defense Initiative president
Pamela Geller and Geert Wilders,
a Dutch lawmaker known for his
outspoken criticism of Islam.
Wilders received several standing
ovations from the crowd and left
immediately after his speech.
The FBI said the Phoenix res-
idence was being searched for
indications of what prompted the
attack, and FBI spokeswoman
Katherine Chaumont said no
other locations in Phoenix are
The contest Sunday, hosted by
the New York-based American
Freedom Defense Initiative,
offered a $10,000 award for the
best cartoon depicting the
According to mainstream
Islamic tradition, any physical
depiction of the Prophet
Muhammad---even a respectful
one---is considered blasphemous.
Drawings similar to those featured
at the Texas event have sparked
violence around the world.
Two die at provocative
prophet cartoon contest
British Prime Minister, and leader of the Conservative Party, David Cameron,
and wife Samantha Cameron speak to members of the public as they walk
around the Wells May Day Fete, with Wells Cathedral in the background,
yesterday near Bath, south western England. Campaigning is intensifying as
the election enters it's last few days before voting begins Thursday. AP PHOTO
of Buddha's birthday
born at sea
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