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Prime Minister David Cameron on
Monday launched a £20 million
language fund to help women,
particularly Muslims, who arrive in
Britain after getting married but
struggle to speak English.
He also said women from non-EU
countries who fail to pass an English
language test after two and a half
years in the country could face
deportation, drawing criticism from
Muslim groups and opposition
A Home Office press release giving
details of the move Thursday spoke
of a "new English langauge test" and
had to be corrected.
Asked if Cameron was disappointed
by the mistake, his official
spokeswoman told reporters: "All of
us are open to mistakes at times.
"The prime minister is pretty
confident that his team speak English
Britain unveils migrant language tests, misspells 'language'
Health authorities have added eight
tropical destinations to a travel alert
about an illness linked with a severe
birth defect and spread by mosquitoes.
The updated alert issued yesterday by
the Centers for Disease Control and Pre-
vention brings the total to 22 destinations,
most in Latin America and the
Caribbean, where there have been out-
breaks of the Zika virus.
The new locations are Barbados,
Bolivia, Ecuador, Guadeloupe, Saint Mar-
tin and Guyana; Cape Verde, off the
coast of western Africa; and Samoa in
the South Pacific.
The CDC says pregnant women
should consider postponing trips to these
destinations because the virus has been
linked with microcephaly. Affected new-
borns have unusually small heads and
abnormal brain development.
All travellers to these areas are advised
to take precautions, including using repel-
lent and wearing long sleeves and long
pants, to avoid mosquito bites. (AP)
WASHINGTON---A powerful storm
barrelled toward Washington, DC,
yesterday, threatening to bury parts
of the East Coast under as much as
30 inches of snow after coating North
Carolina in white and blasting
Arkansas, Tennessee and Kentucky
with a wintry mix.
The National Weather Service said
the storm had the potential to cripple
a broad swath of the Northeast, with
about 2 feet of snow due to hit the
Baltimore and Washington metro areas
starting yesterday afternoon. Western
suburbs could get even more snow
while the New York area was expected
to get a little less.
"I want to be very clear with every-
body. This is a major storm," Wash-
ington Mayor Muriel Bowser said as
the nation s capital braced for what
could turn out to be one of the worst
storms in its history.
The Weather Channel said more
than 85 million people in at least 20
states were covered by either a blizzard
warning, winter storm watch, winter
storm warning, winter weather advi-
sory, or freezing rain advisory.
A runoff vote to choose Haiti s next
leader will go ahead tomorrow, Pres-
ident Michel Martelly says, despite
threats of an opposition boycott.
Martelly accused a small group of
people of deliberately trying to derail
the democratic process, in comments
made on state television.
He backs Jovenel Moise in the elec-
tion, who won the first round of vot-
But opposition challenger Jude
Celestin said he would pull out of the
second round amid allegations of fraud.
He said he would not participate
unless electoral reforms were carried
out, although he is yet to formally with-
Haiti s protracted presidential election
has been marred by sometimes violent
President Martelly is constitutionally
barred from seeking re-election but has
thrown his weight behind Moise, a
banana exporter. His term ends in less
than three weeks.
At least 42 migrants have drowned
overnight in two separate shipwrecks
in the Aegean Sea, officials say.
One boat went down off the coast
of the small Greek islet of Kalolimnos,
killing 34 people, including 11 children.
Another eight people died after a
boat sank off the island of Farmakon-
isi.More than a million migrants arrived
in Europe illegally last year. More than
700 died in the Aegean crossing from
Turkey to Greece.
The Greek coastguard said it had
rescued 26 people from the sinking of
the wooden sailboat off Kalolimnos,
but that it had recovered 34 bodies---
16 women, 11 children and seven men.
It was not known how many people
were on the boat, but some estimates
said up to 100, and a search is contin-
uing for more survivors.
The boat off Farmakonisi was car-
rying 48 people. Forty made it to shore,
but six children and two women
drowned, according to Reuters. (AFP)
TUNISIA---On December 17,
2010, a young, desperate Tunisian
vendor named Mohamed Bouaz-
izi set himself ablaze in a suicide
protest over unemployment and
police abuse that spread revolt
across the Arab world.
Five years on, Ridha Yahyaoui,
another young Tunisian, has killed
himself in frustration after being
refused a job, inflaming protests
through the same impoverished
towns that once brought down the
regime of Zine El-Abidine Ben Ali.
If Tunisia was hailed as the suc-
cess story of the Arab Spring
revolts for its democratic progress,
it has also become an example of
the dangers in failing to tackle eco-
nomic malaise, alienation and frus-
trations of North African youth.
In Kasserine, the impoverished
central city where this week s
protests began, more disaffected
young men have threatened to kill
themselves. Two were injured after
trying to throw themselves off the
roof of the local government build-
ing in fits of anger over the lack
The unrest has quickly spread
to other towns in the north and
south of the country and shows
no signs of weakening---protesters
have stormed police stations and
local government offices and killed
one policeman. Tunis has been
mostly calm, but sporadic rioting
hit two poor districts on Thursday
Yesterday, the government
declared a nationwide curfew from
unrest. At least 19 people were
arrested in the capital overnight,
a security official said.
Chanting "Work, Freedom, Dig-
nity", protesters have been quick
to evoke the 2011 "Jasmine Rev-
olution" and echo demands over
its promises of political freedom
and the economic opportunities
they say have failed to materialise.
I thought the revolution would
give us hope to find work with
dignity," said Haamza Hizi, 28, an
unemployed man in Kasserine. "I
never thought I would repeat the
same demands as five years ago.
The old regime has robbed our
Tunisia managed mostly to
escape the kind of violent after-
shocks seen in other "Arab Spring"
countries that toppled long-stand-
ing leaders in Egypt, Yemen and
Libya, which are still struggling to
But political progress has not
been matched by economic
advances. Unemployment stood
at 15.3 per cent in 2015, up from
12 percent in 2010, due to weak
growth and lower investment.
Five years on, unrest tests
'Arab Spring' Tunisia
Tunisians celebrate the fifth anniversary of the Arab Spring, January 14 in
Tunis. Tunisian teachers, activists and political parties have joined to celebrate
five years since protesters drove out their autocratic president and ushered in a
democratic era. The crowd at Thursday's rally included families of those killed in
weeks of protests against President Zine el Abidine Ben Ali, who fled on
January 14, 2011. AP PHOTO
A citizen and soldiers carry a man who attempted to set himself ablaze in a suicide protest over
unemployment outside the local government office in Kasserine, REUTERS PHOTO
Monster winter storm bears
down on Washington DC
Haiti presidential runoff 'to go ahead'
Migrants drown in shipwrecks off Greece
CDC expands Zika alert;
22 destinations on list
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