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Martinique---The state of emergency
declared by France following the deadly
terror attacks in Paris has been extended
to Guadeloupe, French Guiana, Martinique,
Mayotte, Reunion Island, and St Martin
and St Barths.
This means that lawmen will have the
power to randomly stop the circulation of
people and install zones of protection and
security and detain suspicious people and
They will also be able to ban meetings
or demonstrations, order searches in
houses day or night, give a compulsory
order of residence to any persons whose
behaviour or activity is deemed
dangerous for security and public order,
and order the submission of weapons and
In making the announcement, French
Minister of Overseas Territories George
Pau-Langevin said the decision is justified
and necessary for "coherence and
reinforcement of security systems."
The emergency measure went into
effect after at least 129 people were killed
and more than 350 injured in last Friday's
co-ordinated attacks on Paris, which
terrorist group, the Islamic State, has
WHICH ISMAEL GARCIA?
mandos stormed a luxury hotel
in Bamako yesterday after
Islamist gunmen took 170 people
including many foreigners
hostage in the capital of the for-
mer French colony, which has
been battling rebels allied to al-
Qaeda for several years.
Minister of Internal Security
Colonel Salif Traoré said at least
three people had been killed by
the gunmen. Later, a United
Nations official told Reuters that
peacekeepers saw at least 27 bodies
on two separate floors of the hotel.
A Belgian working for the Wallo-
nia-Brussels regional parliament
was among the dead, the parlia-
ment said on its website, naming
the official as Geoffrey Dieudonne.
Traoré said at least two gunmen
were killed in the commando raid.
Other gunmen continued to hold
out against security forces after
the remaining hostages were evac-
uated, a security ministry
Islamist militant group Al
Mourabitoun, which allied to al-
Qaeda and based in the deserts of
northern Mali, claimed responsi-
bility for the attack in a tweet.
US special forces assisted in the
rescue efforts. Police were moving
in and out of the hotel, escorting
civilians, some of them wounded,
a witness said. State television
showed footage of troops in cam-
ouflage fatigues wielding AK47s
in the lobby of the Radisson Blu,
one of Bamako s smartest hotels.
The gunmen burst through
security at the hotel entrance at 7
am, spraying the area with gunfire
and shouting "Allahu Akbar," or
"God is great" in Arabic.
Some people were freed by the
attackers after showing they could
recite verses from the Qur an, while
others were brought out by security
forces or managed to escape under
their own steam.
One of the rescued hostages,
celebrated Guinean singer Sékouba
"Bambino" Diabate, said he had
overheard two of the assailants
speaking in English as they
searched the room next to his.
RIO DE JANEIRO---A couple
hundred demonstrators have
gathered on Rio de Janeiro s chic
Ipanema Beach to protest police
policies they say discriminate
against people of colour.
Yesterday s march comes on
Black Awareness Day, a public hol-
iday in Brazil.
The demonstrators are angry
about efforts ostensibly aimed at
stamping out mass robberies on
Rio s showcase beaches by pulling
youth from the city s impoverished
North Zone off of beach-bound
March organiser Fabiula de
Souza insists the step is inherently
racist. She says that when the
buses are stopped, it s black kids
who are removed. (AP)
PARAMARIBO---This South Ameri-
can country has devalued its currency
by more than 20 per cent, with offi-
cials blaming a drop in world prices
for the oil and gold that sustain the
The announcement late Wednesday
by the Central Bank of Suriname
sparked fears that prices for consumer
goods will spike across the former Dutch
The bank said its financial reserves
shrank to $370 million from $1 billion
in December 2012 as it tried to keep
Suriname s currency pegged at 3.25 to
the dollar. It will now be set at four per
dollar. The Suriname dollar had been
trading at 4.25 on the black market.
"Suriname is momentarily experi-
encing a genuine commodity shock,"
the bank said in a statement.
Opposition leaders called the deval-
uation a "smack in the face to all Suri-
namese" as people began lining up at
gas stations Thursday to fill up their
tanks before any price rise.
Amanda Palis, a mother of one, said
the devaluation will force her and her
husband to delay construction of the
house they designed.
"This means we will have to live with
my parents for some more years, until
we can borrow the extra 20 per cent
from the bank," she said.
Local economists said the govern-
ment is partly to blame for the deval-
uation because of overspending in
Suriname previously devalued its
currency by 20 per cent in 2011. (AP)
French Caribbean under SoE following Paris attacks
Dozens killed in attack
on Mali Radisson Hotel
...hostages freed after reciting Qur'an verses
secure one of
Suriname devalues currency
sparking inflation fears
Opposition candidate Ismael Garcia, from the MUD Unity party, left,
explains to a woman how to vote for him during the upcoming
Congressional elections, in Maracay, Venezuela. Voters in this industrial
state are gearing up to choose between two Congressional candidates both
are named Ismael Garcia. They will appear side-by-side on the December 6
ballot, beneath nearly-identical blue logos.
And the names of their parties are also virtually indistinguishable: MIN
Unity and MUD Unity. Opposition leaders say this is just one of the tricks
the country's 16 year-old socialist revolution, which has never lost a
national election, is rolling out in its bid to keep control of Congress despite
dismal approval ratings.
Venezuelan election officials say they're taking action against a small
party accused of trying to confuse voters. The elections board said it was
banning advertisements by the MIN Unity party. Election board member
Luis Rondon said on his Twitter account that the party appeared to be
intentionally trying to sow confusion. AP PHOTO
Protesters complain of racism on Ipanema
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