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dential front-runner Donald
Trump yesterday cancelled
plans to visit Israel, a trip for
which even Prime Minister
widely seen as an ally of the
shown little enthusiasm.
Trump announced his de-
cision on Twitter, saying he
would reschedule "at a later
date after I become President
of the US." Appearing on Fox
News, he said there were
many reasons for the move,
among them that he didn t
want to put Netanyahu in a
"In fact, I did a campaign
ad for him, and he s a good
man, but I didn t want to put
him under pressure," Trump
"I also did it because I m in
the midst of a powerful cam-
paign that s going very well."
Trump, who has main-
tained a wide lead in most
early preference polling, un-
leashed an uproar this week
when he called for a tempo-
rary ban on Muslims enter-
ing the US. (AP)
BEIRUT---Triple car bombs
exploded in a town in northeast-
ern Syria s predominantly Kur-
dish province of Hassakeh yes-
terday, killing 15 civilians and
wounding dozens more, Syria s
state-run news agency said.
It said one of the explosions
took place near a medical center
and another at a crowded market
in the town of Tal Tamr, adding
that the vehicles were packed with
large amounts of explosives and
significantly damaged shops and
The Britain-based Syrian Obser-
vatory for Human Rights said at
least 12 people were killed in the
bombings, adding that the death
toll was likely to rise because of
the large number of wounded and
The Observatory, which relies
on a network of activists on the
ground, said the exploding vehicles
were likely tankers, causing the
Tal Tamr is an overwhelmingly
Kurdish town where the main Kur-
dish fighting force in Syria---Peo-
ple s Protection Units, or YPG---
is in control. The group is the most
effective fighting force against the
Islamic State group, although there
was no immediate claim of
responsibility for the attacks.
Earlier yesterday, the Islamic
State group retook a strategically
important town in the central
province of Homs from govern-
ment forces, activists said.
The government had recaptured
the town of Mheen and surround-
ing villages from the extremists
two weeks ago as part of a general
offensive to secure the highway
connecting Damascus to the coun-
try s northwest.
The loss deals a setback to the
Syrian army s strategy to fortify
the corridor with support from
The Observatory said that fight-
ing was underway yesterday
between ISIS militants and gov-
ernment forces with their allied
militias outside of Mheen.
Islamic State media outlets
reported that the group s fighters
had seized the hills overlooking
the town on Wednesday night.
BERLIN---German police have arrested five
South Koreans on suspicion of murder fol-
lowing the death of a relative in an exorcism
ritual in the city of Frankfurt, prosecutors
Officers discovered the body of the 41-
year-old woman in a room at the Hotel Inter-
Continental in Frankfurt, Germany, on Sat-
urday, when the suspects called a priest after
it became apparent that the victim had died,
prosecutor Nadja Niesen said.
"When he saw what had happened he noti-
fied the reception, and they called police."
She identified the suspects as relatives of
the victim---a 44-year-old woman, her 21-
year-old son and 19-year-old daughter, and
two 15-year-old boys, one of whom is the
son of the dead woman.
"They all belonged to one big family," Niesen
"They came to Germany from South Korea
six weeks ago and had rented a house in
Sulzbach, but didn t stay there much."
Niesen said the suspects wanted to expel
a "demon" they believed had possessed the
woman. They exerted "massive force on her
chest and stomach area" while stuffing a
towel and clothes hanger into her mouth to
stop her screaming, she said.
"According to our current information the
suspects subjected the victim to pain and
agony for at least two hours, and their actions
were motivated by a callous and merciless
attitude," said Niesen.
"The woman eventually died from asphyx-
iation as a result of the massive chest com-
pression and violence to her neck."
A second woman, also aged 41, was found
inside the garage of the house the family had
rented, said Niesen.
She was taken to a hospital suffering from
hypothermia and dehydration.
"It s not clear exactly what happened to
her, we are still investigating that," Niesen
BUENOS AIRES---Argentine President Mauri-
cio Macri was sworn yesterday, inheriting
myriad economic problems from the often-
divisive outgoing President Cristina Fernan-
dez, who skipped the inauguration in a final
sign of confrontation that underscored deep
polarisation in the South American nation.
Macri, the former mayor of Buenos Aires
who hails from one of Argentina s richest fam-
ilies, took the oath of office in Congress in
front of legislators, several Latin American
heads of state and other dignitaries, including
former Spanish King Juan Carlos I.
"Today a dream is being achieved," said Macri
as he took the oath 15 minutes ahead of sched-
ule, surprising commentators who noted
Argentina isn t known for such punctuality.
The new President then launched into a
speech that was both a long list of promises
and a frank, if not brutal, assessment of how
he saw Argentina, a country rich in natural
resources that has also suffered several major
Macri said the nation of 41 million people
was entering the 21st century behind in its
development, and that its education system
needed modernised at all levels. He said that
"lying about and hiding" the state of the econ-
omy had tarnished Argentina s reputation
worldwide, a clear dig at the Fernandez admin-
istration, which often put out suspect figures
on inflation, poverty rates and gross domestic
"I will always be honest with you. And being
honest means telling you that the challenges
in front of us are enormous," Macri told the
The 56-year-old ran on promises to usher
in an era of more civil discourse and roll back
much of the Fernandez administration spending
that many economists say has brought Argenti-
na to the brink of another financial crisis.
One thing standing in his way is the con-
tinued, hostile influence of Fernandez, whose
party still controls the Senate and has the largest
bloc in the lower house.
Throughout his campaign, Macri argued that
measured free-market reforms would overhaul
the struggling economy. He also promised to
be a leader "who listens more and talks less,"
a clear contrast with Fernandez, who frequently
blasted opponents during hours-long speech-
es.In his address, Macri promised to fight the
nation s growing drug trade "as no president
has before." He also said he would make good
on his aim to achieve "zero poverty" in the
country and be ruthless in cracking down on
Fernandez, and before her late husband and
predecessor, Nestor Kirchner, dominated
Argentina s political landscape for the last 12
years. The power couple sharply increased
spending on social welfare programmes while
raising tariffs in attempts to protect local indus-
tries and aligning the country with leftist leaders
like late Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez
and Bolivian President Evo Morales.
Macri has promised to undo many of those
policies and improve relations with the United
Woman dies in hotel exorcism ritual
Cops charge 5 with murder
New Argentina Pres promises change, honesty
Accompanied by first lady Juliana Awada and their daughter Antonia, Argentina President
Mauricio Macri greets the crowd from the balcony of the government house in Buenos Aires,
Argentina, yesterday, after he officially assumed power from former president Cristina
Fernandez. AP PHOTO
Trump cancels Israel visit over 'Muslim uproar'
kill 15 in Syria
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