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A satellite image shows Hurricane Joaquin late Thursday morning.
BRUSSELS---The European Union is includ-
ing Thailand's actions to stamp out slave
labour in the fishing industry during its investi-
gation whether to impose sanctions on the
major fish-exporting nation for failing to crack
down on illegal and unregulated fishing.
An AP investigation has shown that en-
slaved fishermen are routinely hauled from
Thailand to work on smaller Thai trawlers in
foreign waters where they are given little or
no pay. Hundreds of former slaves told AP
they were beaten or witnessed other crew
members being attacked.
They were routinely denied medicine, forced
to work 22-hour shifts with no days off and
given inadequate food and water. (AP)
MANAMA---The tiny island kingdom of
Bahrain has ended its government subsi-
dies on meat and poultry products as
countries across the Persian Gulf scram-
ble to deal with low global oil prices.
The subsidies ended yesterday, send-
ing prices up three to four times more
than what they were.
Most butchers in Bahrain's central mar-
kets didn't open their shops in protest.
Bahrain's government hopes to save
$200 million a year by ending the
However, locals appeared to be angry
about the price hikes and the Shiite op-
position group al-Wefaq criticised it as
being only one of several "cosmetic solu-
tions" proposed by the kingdom's rulers.
EU probes illegal fishing, slave labor before Thai ruling Bahrain ends meat, poultry subsidies as oil slides
strengthened into a Catego-
ry 4 storm yesterday as it
roared through lightly populated
islands of the eastern Bahamas, and
forecasters said it could grow still
more intense before following a path
that would near the US East Coast.
There were no immediate reports
of casualties as the storm reached
the island chain, said Capt Stephen
Russell, the director of the Bahamas
National Emergency Management
The most severe flooding reported
so far was on Acklins island, where
power went off overnight and phones
were down. Russell said some of the
roughly 565 people who live there
were trapped in their homes.
Bahamas resident Shandira Forbes
said she had spoken to her mother
on Acklins by phone yesterday.
"She was calling for help because
the sea was coming into her house,"
Forbes said. "People s roofs were lift-
ing up. No one knew (about the
storm), so there was no preparedness,
there was no meeting, there was
"Everyone is just trying to get their
stuff battened down," said Frances
Missick, chief councilor of Rum Cay,
which has a population of about 100
and 40 homes.
Missick and other people on the
small island gathered in a shelter set
up at the St Christopher Anglican
Church. As of yesterday, there was
only minor flooding and power and
water were still running.
Joaquin had maximum sustained
winds of 130 mph and hurricane
strength winds extending 45 miles
from the eye, the US National Hur-
ricane Center in Miami said.
The storm was predicted to turn
to the north and northwest toward
the United States today, but fore-
casters were still gathering data to
determine how it might affect the
US East Coast, which was already
suffering flooding and heavy rains
from separate storms.
The Hurricane Center said parts
of the Bahamas could see storm surge
raising sea levels five to 10 feet above
normal, with 10 to 15 inches of rain
falling on the central Bahamas.
The US National Hurricane Cen-
ter s long-term forecast showed the
storm could near the US East Coast
along North Carolina and Virginia
on Sunday or Monday. (AP)
At least 13 people were killed and another
20 wounded at a shooting yesterday at a
community college in Roseburg, Oregon,
The Portland Oregonian newspaper reported
that a suspect had been killed in a shootout
with police, citing Douglas County officials.
That suspect was not identified.
CNN reported that one of the wounded was
a female who had been shot in the chest.
A spokeswoman for the Douglas County
Sheriff s department confirmed to Reuters
that there was a shooting at the Umpqua
Community College campus in Roseburg. The
spokeswoman had no further details.
The Portland Oregonian newspaper reported
that officers responded at around 10.40 am
to reports of a shooting at the college. The
Oregonian said police scanner traffic indicated
that the shooter was "down."
Shelly Stefanich, spokeswoman for Mercy
Medical Center in Roseburg, said that the hos-
pital was the only one in town and most likely
to receive patients, but could not say how
many were being treated there.
Former Australian Prime Minister Tony
Abbott has said his decision to award Prince
Philip a knighthood was "injudicious."
The move earlier this year sparked wide-
spread public and political backlash with
many questioning whether the British royal
deserved Australia s top honour.
It came after Abbot revived Australia s hon-
ours system last year.
The new cabinet under Malcolm Turnbull
is set to review the honours system.
Turnbull, the new prime minister, ousted
Mr Abbott from power in an internal party
challenge last month.
On 26 January---Australia s national day---
Abbott announced he had nominated Queen
Elizabeth II s husband to receive the knight-
He had said then that the Duke of Edin-
burgh s life of "service and dedication" should
be honoured. The Queen awarded the knight-
hood in April.
Asked yesterday in an interview with radio
station 3AW about his decision, Mr Abbott
said: "Obviously it was an injudicious appoint-
The move was met with scorn from many
among the Australian public, who questioned
the Prince s contributions to Australia and
pointed out that as a British royal he was a
symbol of another country.
Multiple deaths after
US college shooting
Afghan troops recaptured the centre of the strategic
northern city of Kunduz yesterday amid fierce clashes
with Taliban militants, three days after losing the
provincial capital in a humbling defeat for Kabul and its
Fighting continued in other parts of the city, the
seizure of which represented a major victory for the in-
surgents and raised questions over whether NATO-
trained Afghan forces were ready to go it alone now
most foreign combat troops have left.
Residents said soldiers were conducting house-to-
house searches and had removed the Taliban flag from
the central square, replacing it with government colors.
"Our plan is to force them out of Kunduz," said The
Afghan army's Deputy Chief of Staff, Murad Ali Murad,
who flew to the city on Wednesday to personally over-
see the recapture operation. "We will take them out of
districts and then out of the province."
A Ministry of Defence statement said 150 Taliban
had been killed and 90 wounded in the overnight offen-
KATHMANDU---Nepal feels like it is being choked.
It's running out of gasoline. Medical supplies are be-
coming scarce. All because of an unofficial economic
blockade imposed by neighbouring India from where
Nepal gets almost all its essential supplies.
For months as Nepalese lawmakers were debating
the draft constitution, these areas witnessed violent
protests by the Madhesis during which at least 45
people were killed. Hours after the constitution was
passed by an overwhelming majority of lawmakers,
the violence escalated.
Soon after, Indian trucks---which trundle daily
across the borders, through the plains and up Nepal's
hills toward the capital, Kathmandu---stopped. While
100 or so trucks crossed over on Wednesday, more
than 1,000 were left waiting at the border with ship-
ments including medicine, gasoline, cooking fuel and
produce going to rot. By yesterday afternoon, noth-
ing more had moved.
Authorities in both India and Nepal assure they are
working through their difference and that supplies
will resume soon. But neither side can say when that
might be. (AP)
UNITED ARAB EMIRATES---A fire broke out yes-
terday in a high-rise residential tower in the Emirati
city of Sharjah, sending thick smoke billowing over the
city and snarling traffic as commuters headed home
at the end of the local work week.
The blaze was the latest in a string of dramatic fires
that have consumed the facades of skyscrapers in the
United Arab Emirates in recent years, posing a chal-
lenge for firefighters and raising concerns about fire
safety in the rapidly developing Gulf nation.
Photos posted on social media showed thick smoke
billowing from the fire as it licked up several stories of
the tower's facade. It did not appear that the fire
spread deep inside the building, which is located near
the popular City Centre Sharjah shopping mall. (AP)
Afghan forces recapture
Kunduz from Taliban
dry up in Nepal
catches fire in Sharjah
...heading straight to United States
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