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Belize's Prime Minister Dean
Barrow has won an unprecedented
third consecutive term in office in
snap elections in the small Central
Barrrow, 64, called the election in
September, more than a year ahead
Belize is heavily dependent on aid
from Venezuela, which also offers it
oil at discounted prices.
Critics of Mr Barrow said he
brought the polls forward in case
Venezuela cuts its funding.
Many of the recipients of
Venezuelan aid fear that with
continuing low oil prices Venezuela
will soon significantly reduce its
contributions to its allies.
Barrow has invested much of the
$150m (£98m) Belize received
from Venezuela in the past years in
an ambitious infrastructure
programme and road building.
Belize leader wins third term in snap election
India s Press Information Bureau dismissed yes-
terday a Moody s Analytics report that urged Prime
Minister Narendra Modi to do more to prevent "bel-
ligerent provocation" of religious minorities by his
The report, written by economist Faraz Syed,
warned that rising religious strife could derail Modi's
The Indian government described the report as
merely "the personal opinion of a junior associate
Modi has been criticised for his slow response to
the murders of several Muslim men accused of eating
beef or slaughtering cows.
A nationwide debate has erupted over the issue.
Artists and intellectuals say the party's push to
strengthen protection for cows is contributing to the
violence, while prominent business leaders have
warned that economic progress is being put at risk.
Three million migrants are likely to arrive in
Europe by 2017 as the record influx via the Mediter-
ranean continues, the European Commission says.
The EU's executive arm said the influx would have
a "small but positive" effect on EU economic output,
raising GDP by 0.2-0.3 per cent.
The influx will raise the EU population by 0.4 per
cent, the Commission forecasts, taking account of
failed asylum claims.
The flow of Syrian refugees to Europe shows no
sign of abating, the UN says.
The weather in the Aegean Sea has got rougher
with the onset of winter. But Peter Sutherland, UN
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's special represen-
tative on migration, said Syrians were not put off by
that. The Syrian war "is driving people to desperation
in terms of leaving and it will continue in its effects,"
he told the BBC. (BBC)
Mexico s Supreme Court ruled 4-to-1 Wednesday
that outlawing the possession and use of the mar-
ijuana plant represents a violation of fundamental
human rights. While the ruling does not mean that
marijuana is now legal in the country---it only applies
to the four plaintiffs in this specific case---it gives
a tremendous amount of political space for law-
makers to introduce marijuana reform bills at the
state and federal level in Mexico.
The case was brought by four members of Mexicans
United for Responsible and Tolerant Consumption
(acronym SMART in Spanish), a group set up specif-
ically to challenge laws on this issue in Mexico.
Their argument hinges on the concept of "the right
to the free development of one's personality," which
is enshrined in Mexico's constitution.
Remember, remember, the Fifth of
November, the Gunpowder Treason and
Plot. I know of no reason why the Gun-
powder Treason should ever be forgot...
If you've seen V for Vendetta, you're
well acquainted with the rhyme about Guy
Fawkes, who famously tried to blow up
the Houses of Parliament on November 5,
1605. But more than 400 years later, the
real-life revolutionary is still remembered
today with "Bonfire Night," also known as
Guy Fawkes Night (or Guy Fawkes Day) in
Why? Why do we need to remember
the 5th? And why has Fawkes' face been
used as a mask in a movie, or appropriated
by the hacker group known as Anony-
According to The Telegraph, Fawkes was
caught trying to smuggle 36 barrels of
gunpowder into a cellar of the House of
Lords in an attempt to completely destroy
the building. He was part of a group of
Roman Catholic activists attempting to
kill King James I, a Protestant, after 45
years of perceived persecution under Queen
According to Business Insider, a politician
tipped off authorities to the Gunpowder
Plot and Fawkes was caught in the act. He
was interrogated (and likely tortured) at
the Tower of London until he gave up his
co-conspirators---eight days later.
Fawkes was reportedly hanged, drawn,
and quartered for his crimes, with his
remains sent to the four corners of the
kingdom as a warning to anyone else who
tried the same.
The Independent describes Bonfire Night
as a celebration of the foiling of Fawkes'
assassination attempt. In 1605, when word
spread, the public lit bonfires around Lon-
don, and the tradition continues today
with bonfires, fireworks and the burning
of Fawkes in effigy. However, others believe
some use the day to honour the failed
attempt to murder the royal family.
Night, the 5th of
A major rescue operation is under way
to save dozens of people thought to be
trapped under rubble after a factory col-
lapsed in Lahore, Pakistan.
At least 20 people died when the plastic
bag factory, which was under construction,
collapsed on Wednesday.
Officials say the priority is to get to parts
of the debris where voices and cries for
help can still be heard.
The cause of the collapse is still
unknown. Building safety levels are often
below standard in Pakistan.
There are reports that the earthquake
which hit Pakistan two weeks ago, or faulty
construction work, may have contributed
to the collapse.
Two floors of the factory, in the Sundar
Industrial Estate on the outskirts of the
city, were operational, while a third was
Layer upon layer of bricks, concrete and
mangled metal rods is what remains of the
A rescue worker said he could hear voices
and movement and told me there is still
hope some people could be pulled out alive.
About 200 labourers are thought to have
been in the building at the time of the
Voices heard in rubble of collapsed factory
about religious strife
Three million migrants
to reach EU by 2017
Mexico court rules smoking
weed is a human right
Britain said yesterday there was a sig-
nificant possibility that the Islamic State s
Egyptian affiliate was behind a suspected
bomb attack on a Russian airliner that
killed 224 people in the Sinai Peninsu-
la.Russia dismissed the claim as speculation
and Egypt said there was no indication so
far that a bomb was to blame.
The topic is sensitive for Russia, whose
warplanes have launched raids against
Islamic State in Syria, and for Egypt, which
depends heavily on revenues from tourism.
Asked if he thought Islamic State was
responsible, Foreign Secretary Philip Ham-
mond said: "ISIL-Sinai have claimed
responsibility for bringing down the Russ-
ian aircraft, they did that straight away
after the crash.
"We've looked at the whole information
picture, including that claim, but of course
lots of other bits of information as well,
and concluded that there is a significant
possibility," he said on Sky television.
British Prime Minister David Cameron
said it was more likely than not that a
bomb was to blame.
"We cannot be certain that the Russian
airliner was brought down by a terrorist
bomb, but it looks increasingly likely that
that was the case," Cameron said.
US and European security sources say
evidence now suggests that a bomb planted
by Islamic State's Egypt affiliate---Sinai
Province---was the likely cause of the crash.
The sources stressed they had reached no
final conclusions about the crash.
Britain, Ireland and the Netherlands
banned flights to and from Sharm al-
Sheikh, where the doomed flight originated,
while Germany urged travellers to avoid
the Sinai Peninsula.
A senior Russian lawmaker said Britain's
decision to stop flights from Sharm was
motivated by London's opposition to Rus-
sia's actions in Syria. (Reuters)
Britain: Islamic State likely
brought down Russian plane
Russian President Vladimir Putin, centre, poses for a photo with members of a military patriotic
club during a ceremony at the Red Square in Moscow on Wednesday, during the National Unity
Day, a national holiday which this year marks the 403rd anniversary of the 1612 expulsion of
Polish occupiers from the Kremlin. Each year, Forbes magazine releases its ranking of the
world's most powerful people---and it just can't get enough of Vladimir Putin. The Russian
president has topped Forbes' list for the third year in a row. AP PHOTO
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