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NEW DELHI---An Indian
woman who accidently crossed
the border into Pakistan as a
child nearly 12 years ago will
return home soon, an Indian
official said yesterday.
Vikas Swarup, India s External
Affairs Ministry spokesman, said
the woman named Geeta would
come after her travel documents
are sorted out.
She will return to her family
after a DNA test in India, Swarup
Geeta is deaf and mute and
while in Pakistan she has been
looked after by the charitable
Edhi Foundation in Karachi.
In her room, she prays before
a tiny temple filled with Hindu
gods. Anwar Kazmi, a
spokesman for the Edhi Foun-
dation, said in Karachi that Geeta
would go back to her country
on October 26. He said Geeta
was around 11 when she inad-
vertently entered Pakistan.
"Since then, we have been
trying to trace her family. Finally,
we have succeeded and Geeta
is very happy. We have told her
that her travel documents are
being prepared," he said. (AP)
12 years after girl strayed into Pakistan, woman going home
BRUSSELS---Faced with a refugee emer-
gency that is only likely to deepen, Euro-
pean Union leaders moved yesterday to
shore up the bloc s borders to the outside
world and fundamentally reshape the way
they deal with asylum seekers.
The leaders also struggled to persuade a
reluctant Turkey to do more to stop tens of
thousands of refugees entering Greece---
offering vast amounts of money, easing visa
restrictions for Turkish citizens and accel-
erating the country s EU membership talks.
According to draft conclusions seen by
The Associated Press, an action plan for
Ankara to help it manage the impact of
some two million refugees will be rapidly
implemented, too, and diplomats said that
the country could receive several billion
euros in additional funds.
But as the leaders met, senior EU officials
lashed out at the leaders for failing to live
up to past promises of funds and resources.
Thousands of people continue to risk the
dangerous journey daily. Greece recovered
seven more bodies off the island of Lesbos
yesterday after a migrant boat collision, and
shivering newcomers streamed into Croatia
seeking aid and shelter.
The leaders also welcome new measures
to improve border management, a veiled
reference to a controversial plan for a Euro-
pean border guard system, which many
nations oppose because it would mean
allowing security personnel from other
nations on their territory.
During their talks, the heads of state and
government also grappled with ways to do
away with the rules that oblige asylum-
seekers to be returned to the first country
they land in; which in practice mostly means
overburdened Greece and Italy.
Jelena Grbic from the Doctors Without
Borders aid group said that often migrants
arrive unprepared for cold weather, affecting
women and children especially.
"They have no winter clothes, then they
get respiratory diseases. Coughing, infections,
fever, then they are completely exhausted,"
Croatian Foreign Minister Vesna Pusic,
visiting the site, urged the EU leaders to
boost external borders instead of putting
up fences inside Europe, as neighbouring
Hungary has done.
"This is the turning point when Europe
is deciding whether it will be marked by
walls and barbed wires or whether it will
be a reasonable continent of co-operation
that uses political means to address the
causes of such misery," she said. (AP)
ADDIS ABABA---Ethiopia s government
is calling for international assistance to
help feed 8.2 million people after erratic
rains devastated crop yields.
Climate shocks are common in Ethiopia
and often cause poor or failed harvests that
lead to acute food shortages.
The government has allocated $192 million
for food and other aid and is appealing for
$596 million in assistance from the inter-
national community for the remainder of
2015, said Mitiku Kassa, secretary of the
Ethiopian Disaster Prevention and Prepared-
More than 300,000 children are in need
of specialised nutritious food and a projected
48,000 more children under five are suf-
fering from severe malnutrition, according
to a government assessment conducted in
September. The situation is "incredibly seri-
ous," said John Aylieff, an official in Ethiopia
with the UN s World Food Program, who
said Ethiopia needs the international com-
munity to help remedy the worst effects of
El Nino conditions.
"We are seeing malnutrition rates go up
in some of the host communities. We are
looking at ways of reducing the stress levels
to the host communities in Ethiopia by pro-
viding supplementary feeding that could
bring the malnutrition levels down," said
Dennis Weller, the USAID mission director
in Ethiopia. (AP)
India s Supreme Court has stayed a law ban-
ning dance bars in the western state of Maha-
rashtra and its capital Mumbai, allowing them
Maharashtra passed the law last year after the
top court overturned an earlier ban by the state
The state government first banned dance bars
in 2005, saying they "corrupted young people and
were a front for crime and prostitution."
Bar owners and dancers had bitterly protested
against the ban.
Before the ban, more than 100,000 women were
employed in some 1,400 dance bars in the state.
The women would dance to Bollywood numbers
and clients often threw money at them.
The case has been going on in the court for a
Court allows dance
bars to reopen
RIO DE JANEIRO---Rio de Janeiro s state police
force is banning officers use of smartphones on
the job, saying use of instant messaging services
and social media compromise security.
In an internal memo, the Brazilian force said
use of smartphones and tablets would be considered
a "serious offence." The memo did not spell out
consequences for offenders.
Brazil is one of the world s top users of social
media and the instant messaging application What-
sApp has become the preferred method of com-
munication for many here.
It s not unusual to see police officers glued to
their phones while on patrol or while manning
Brazil police bans
media on job
FAIRBANKS---Santa Claus has been chosen to
represent the people of North Pole.
The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports that
a man whose legal name is Santa Claus won a
write-in campaign for an open City Council seat
in the 2,200-person Alaska town of North Pole.
He began campaigning in his red velvet suit just
two weeks before the October 6 election. Claus
received 58 votes and a seat on the six-person
Claus is the former president of the North Pole
Chamber of Commerce. (AP)
gets a day job Ethiopia makes appeal for food aid
EU to bolster borders,
rethink asylum laws
lawmakers in Kosovo
threw a tear gas
in the capital Pristina,
over the government's
deal with Serbia
giving the country's
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