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The city of Montreal is dumping two
billion gallons of raw sewage into the
St Lawrence River over the next
several days, an action the mayor says
is necessary to make repairs and
improvements to the city's
Mayor Denis Coderre said he
understands that the discharge is not
a popular move.
"If we had other options, we would
have taken them, but we had no other
option," he said at a news conference
Tuesday, hours before the work began.
City officials are warning residents
not to swim in or otherwise come in
direct contact with the river as the
operation is underway, and to avoid
flushing diapers, wipes, sanitary
napkins and other foreign objects
down their toilets---items they're not
supposed to be flushing anyway.
The city says it's taking several
precautions to make sure the river, its
banks and its wildlife suffer no lasting
But some residents aren't optimistic
that everything will go well. (CNN)
Montreal dumps two billion gallons of raw sewage into St Lawrence
YANGON---US President Barack Obama called
Myanmar President Thein Sein yesterday to con-
gratulate him on successfully staging a historic
general election in which democracy champion
Aung San Suu Kyi trounced the ruling camp.
Obama also called Suu Kyi and her opposition
National League for Democracy (NLD), which has
won about 80 per cent of the seats declared so far
in the lower house, to commend them for their
success, which puts her on course to form the new
cabinet. NLD is also well ahead in the upper house
and regional assemblies.
If the full results confirm the trend, Suu Kyi s
triumph will sweep out an old guard of former
generals that has run Myanmar, also known as
Burma, since Thein Sein ushered in sweeping dem-
ocratic and economic reforms four years ago.
trains for migrants
...first border controls in 20 years
Swedish police started checking trains for
migrants yesterday, imposing the first large-scale
border controls in two decades, a move criticised
by one opposition party as ending a tradition of
openness and by others as being too little too late.
Officers waited at Hyllie station south of the city
of Malmo, the first stop in Sweden on a route from
Denmark, checked passengers papers and led about
50 people away in the space of one and a half hours.
The controls by a Nordic state that touts itself as
a "humanitarian superpower" underscored how the
flow of refugees into the European Union is straining
its prized system of open internal borders close to
Parents with toddlers and young children, some
of them wrapped in blankets, waited by the track
waiting to be processed.
"We take the ones who want asylum here in Sweden
and get them to Malmo on buses," said one police
"The rest are sent back on trains to where they
came from. If that s Copenhagen, then that s where
we send them back to."
Many of the migrants appeared reluctant to get
off trains at first, but eventually obeyed the police,
who carried standard-issue arms and wore bright
yellow vests. No scuffles broke out. (Reuters)
BEIRUT---Twin suicide bombing struck a
Shiite suburb in southern Beirut yesterday
evening, killing at least 37 people and
wounding scores more in one of the dead-
liest attacks in years, a Lebanese official
The explosions hit minutes apart in an
area called Burj al-Barajneh during rush hour.
No one immediately claimed responsibility
for the bombings.
Southern Beirut is a stronghold of
Lebanon s militant Hezbollah group that it
fighting in Syria along with government
forces there. Sunni militant groups have
threatened to carry out more such attacks.
Along with the 37 killed, attack also left
more than 180 wounded.
According to a Lebanese security official,
the first suicide attacker detonated his explo-
sives vest outside a Shiite Mosque, while
the second blew himself up inside a nearby
An apparent third suicide attacker was
found dead, his legs blown off while he still
wore an intact explosives belt. The third
may have been killed from the explosion of
the second suicide attacker, as he was report-
edly close to that blast.
After the explosions ambulances rushed
to the area and started evacuating the wound-
ed and the dead as Lebanese troops and
Hezbollah gunmen cordoned the area, pre-
venting anyone from getting close. (AP)
A court in New York has charged two nephews of
Venezuela s First Lady Cilia Flores with conspir-
ing to import cocaine to the United States.
The two, Franqui Francisco Flores de Freitas and
Efrain Antonio Campo Flores, were arrested on Tuesday
in the Haitian capital, Port-au-Prince.
They are accused of trying to arrange a shipment
of cocaine to the US via Honduras.
The charges are likely to further strain US-Venezuelan
Without referring directly to the arrest of his wife s
nephews, President Nicolas Maduro wrote on Twitter
yesterday that "the fatherland will continue on its
path, neither attacks nor imperialist ambushes can
derail the people of the Liberators, we have only one
destiny and that s to win."
They are suspected of taking part in a meeting in
Venezuela discussing how to smuggle cocaine into
Honduras and from there on to the US.
First lady Cilia Flores is a powerful political figure
She first met Maduro when she was acting as
defence lawyer for his predecessor in office, Hugo
Maduro and Flores only married in 2013 after being
in a relationship since the 1990s.
India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi pays homage at the statue of Mahatma
Gandhi, in Parliament Square, London, yesterday. Modi is being treated to full
British pomp on his busy three day trip that comes amid rising troubles for
him at home, where economic growth is slowing and political criticism is
growing. AP PHOTO
Beirut twin suicide blasts kill 37
US President Barack Obama and opposition politician
Aung San Suu Kyi step outside to hold a press
conference after their meeting at her residence in
Yangon, November 14, 2014. REUTERS PHOTO
Obama congratulates Suu Kyi
first lady on drug
charges in US
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