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THE People's National Party
(PNP) said Shanique Myrie's
application to run as a candidate for
the party in the next local
government election has been
The approval was confirmed by
Senator Angela Brown Burke at a
press conference at the party's
headquarters in Kingston to launch
the PNP 77th Annual Conference.
Myrie---the woman who won a
free movement case against
Barbados---had applied to run for the
party in the Olympic Gardens
Division, Brown Burke told the
Myrie was awarded damages in
the sum of US$38,000 by the
Caribbean Court of Justice after she
filed a lawsuit claiming she was
subjected to a dehumanising cavity
search by a female immigration
officer at Grantley Adams
International Airport in Barbados and
that she was locked in a filthy room
overnight and deported to Jamaica in
March 2011. ---Jamaica Observer
Shanique Myrie to represent PNP in Olympic Gardens
Security forces in Egypt have
mistakenly killed 12 people,
including Mexican tourists, dur-
ing an anti-terror operation, the
interior ministry says.
The tourists were travelling in
four vehicles that entered a
restricted zone in the Wahat area
of the Western Desert, the ministry
said. Sources said eight of those
killed were Mexicans.
Ten Mexicans and Egyptians
were also injured.
Egypt has been battling Islamist
militants for years.
Attacks on army and police,
mainly in the Sinai peninsula, have
escalated since Islamist President
Mohammed Morsi was ousted in
Egypt s interior ministry said
the four vehicles the tourists were
travelling in were "mistakenly dealt
with" during a joint military police
and armed forces operation.
Survivors said they suffered an
"aerial attack" after stopping for
a meal, according to Mexican For-
eign Minister Claudia Ruiz
Massieu. She could only confirm
that two Mexican nationals had
Mexico s President Enrique Pena
Nieto condemned the incident and
demanded an "exhaustive" inves-
tigation by Egypt.
The disastrous shooting up by
Egyptian security forces of a
tourist convoy in the Western
Desert is yet another sign of grow-
ing instability in the Arab world s
most populous country.
Egypt s western oases are spec-
tacularly beautiful, hence their
popularity with adventure tourists.
Egyptian officials say the
tourists were in a no-go zone---
and had not liaised with the
But a local tour guide has denied
that, saying the group was in an
unrestricted area, on top of sand
dunes, trying to get a bird s eye
Hungarian police officers guard the border line between Serbia and Hungary in
Roszke, southern Hungary yesterday. Hungary is set to introduce much harsher
border controls at midnight---laws that would send smugglers to prison and
deport migrants who cut under Hungary's new razor-wire border fence.
Australia is to have a new prime
minister after Tony Abbott was ousted
as leader of the centre-right Liberal
Party by Malcolm Turnbull.
In the dramatic late night party lead-
ership ballot, Abbott, who had been
plagued by poor opinion polls, received
44 votes to Turnbull s 54.
Turnbull said he assumed that par-
liament would serve its full term, imply-
ing no snap general election.
The prime minister-elect is expected
to be sworn in after Abbott writes to
Australia s governor general and resigns.
Earlier yesterday Abbott had dis-
missed rumours of a leadership chal-
lenge as "Canberra gossip"---only to be
voted out by his fellow Liberal MPs.
They also voted for Foreign Minister
Julie Bishop to remain deputy leader
of the party.
Ahead of the vote, Turnbull had said
if Abbott remained as leader, the coali-
tion government would lose the next
election, which is likely to take place
He said he had not taken the decision
to launch a leadership challenge lightly,
but that it was "clear enough that the
government is not successful in pro-
viding the economic leadership that
we need." (BBC)
More EU countries have said they
are imposing border checks to deal
with an influx of migrants.
Austria, Slovakia and the Netherlands
said they would tighten controls, hours
after Germany imposed checks on its
border with Austria.
It came as EU interior ministers held
emergency talks in Brussels.
Hungary also completed a fence along
its border with Serbia yesterday, and
blocked a railway line used as the main
crossing point by migrants.
Hungary was due to enforce tougher
measures from midnight, including
arresting illegal immigrants, and Prime
Minister Viktor Orban told Hungary s
TV2 a state of emergency was "likely"
to be introduced in the border area.
The new border checks further north
are a challenge to the EU s Schengen
agreement on free movement, although
the rules do allow for temporary con-
trols in emergencies.
European states have been struggling
to cope with a record influx of migrants,
many aiming for Germany.
EU ministers are due to vote on a
plan from May to redistribute an initial
40,000 asylum seekers from Syria and
Eritrea through mandatory quotas,
though Central and East European
states have opposed this.
The EU has since raised the total
number of people it seeks to share out
through quotas to 160,000 asylum
seekers across 23 EU states.
Meanwhile the EU approved a plan
for its operation in the Mediterranean
to conduct "search, seizure and diver-
sion... of vessels suspected of being
used for human smuggling."
Many have been refusing to register
in countries such as Greece or Hungary,
fearing it will stop them being granted
asylum in Germany or other EU states.
More European states
impose border checks
Australian PM Tony Abbott ousted
Mexican tourists killed
by Egyptian forces
wildfire burned largely
unchecked yesterday after
incinerating homes, apartment
blocks and hundreds of other
buildings as it raced through
rural communities in Northern
California s Lake County, leav-
ing at least one person dead and
sending thousands fleeing down
A second massive wildfire, less
than 200 miles away is blamed
for destroying 135 homes as it
spread through the Sierra
Nevada. That fire was 30 per
The California Department of
Forestry and Fire Protection con-
firmed Sunday one fatality in the
Lake County wildfire that raced
through dry brush and exploded
in size within hours. In addition
to the homes, officials also
counted two apartment com-
plexes and ten businesses
destroyed by the flames, depart-
ment spokeswoman Lynn Valen-
Valentine couldn t provide
details on the circumstances of
the death. By yesterday morning,
crews had gained five per cent
containment of the 95-square-
In addition, up to 1,000 struc-
tures such as barns, sheds and
other outbuildings were burned,
said Cal Fire spokesman Daniel
A shift in the weather was
expected for the first part of the
week as a trough of low pressure
approached the West Coast.
The National Weather Service
said that would mean a cooling
trend with increasing winds,
higher humidity and showers,
then more widespread precipi-
tation tomorrow The week will
end drier and warmer. (AP)
herd goats from
threatened by a
fire near Railroad
Sunday. Two of
California wildfire incinerates homes
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