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cials say all 22 tsunami warn-
ing buoys installed near
vulnerable islands failed to
work when a powerful earth-
quake struck off the coast of
Disaster Mitigation Agency
spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nu-
groho said yesterday that the
buoys were inoperable because
of vandalism or a lack of funds
for operation and maintenance.
A magnitude-7.8 earthquake
hit parts of Sumatra and small
islands in western Indonesia on
Wednesday evening, sending
thousands of islanders rushing
to high ground but causing no
major damage or deaths. It
was centred 409 miles from
the town of Muara Siberut.
German and Indonesian sci-
entists began installing warn-
ing buoys off Sumatra island a
year after a magnitude-9.1
quake in 2004 triggered a
tsunami that killed 230,000
people in a dozen countries.
Tsunami buoys malfunctioned as powerful quake hit Indonesia
Trump came under a brutal attack yester-
day from former presidential nominee Mitt
Romney, who called the billionaire New
York businessman a phony and called on
fellow Republicans to shun the brash real
estate mogul for the good of the country
The race for the Republican nomina-
tion, dominated by insults and name-
calling, has seen Trump s once-unlikely
candidacy morph into an increasingly
likely bid for his party s nomination for
the November ballot.
Romney, who was soundly defeated by
President Barack Obama in his 2012 re-
election, joins a growing chorus of anxious
Republican leaders that many Trump sup-
porters see as establishment figures.
"Here s what I know: Donald Trump is
a phony, a fraud," Romney said in the text
of a speech set for delivery later Thursday.
Romney says a Trump nomination at the
party s convention in July would enable
Democrat Hillary Clinton to win the pres-
idency, according to excerpts of his speech
obtained by The Associated Press.
Romney also said Trump "has neither
the temperament nor the judgment to be
Trump disparaged Romney in a series of
tweets, including "I am not a Mitt Romney,
who doesn t know how to win."
Panicked Republican leaders say they still
have options for preventing Trump from
winning the nomination, just not many
good ones. They include a contested con-
vention and even the long-shot prospect
of a third party option. (AP)
A student leader charged with sedition in India has
been freed from prison a day after a court granted
Kanhaiya Kumar was arrested last month after a
rally against the execution of a Kashmiri separatist
convicted over the 2001 India parliament attack.
The authorities allege protesters shouted anti-
India slogans. Two other students remain in custody.
The arrests sparked massive protests across India,
with many accusing the government of cracking
down on dissent.
India student on sedition
charge freed on bail
tents during the
in a migrant camp
near Calais, France,
than a dozen
dwellings in a
sprawling camp in
northern France, as
fiery protests of
CARACAS---Venezuela's opposition coalition has
decided on a triple-barrelled strategy to oust Presi-
dent Nicolas Maduro before the end of his term.
The opposition will simultaneously pursue a con-
stitutional amendment, a recall referendum and a
campaign to push for the resignation of the embat-
tled socialist president.
Opposition leader Americo De Grazia said that the
coalition of more than a dozen parties reached the
agreement on strategy after a long day of meetings
Opposition spokesman Jesus Torrealba was ex-
pected to officially announce the plan yesterday.
Maduro's six-year-term ends in 2019. The opposi-
tion won a landslide victory in legislative elections in
December, and promised to find a way to remove
Maduro from power within the first half of 2016.
TEGUCIGALPA---Authorities in Honduras say they
are investigating the killing of Honduran Indian leader
Bertha Caceres, who won the 2015 Goldman Environ-
mental Prize for her role in fighting a dam project.
A member of her Indian council group says as-
sailants broke into her home and shot Caceres to
death early yesterday.
Caceres was a mother of four and a Lenca Indian.
She led opposition to a proposed dam on the Gualcar-
que river, considered sacred by the Lencas.
Caceres had previously complained of receiving
death threats from police, soldiers and local landown-
ers because of her activism. (AP)
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti---Cholera, which
arrived in Haiti in October 2010, has sick-
ened more than 770,000 people, or about
seven per cent of the population, and killed
more than 9,200. So far this year, it has
sickened more than 6,000 and is killing an
average of 37 people a month.
The persistence of the preventable disease
has alarmed public health experts who fear
that attention and resources have been divert-
ed by newer challenges, including the regional
spread of the Zika virus and the political
crisis that recently halted Haiti s elections.
World Health Organization spokesman
Gregory Hartl said cholera is now considered
"endemic" in Haiti, meaning it s an illness
that occurs regularly. Others have noted the
cholera bacterium now appears to be firmly
established in Haiti s rivers, estuaries and
even coastal waters.
"Once it is established in a country s aquat-
ic reservoir it is extremely difficult to erad-
icate," said Afsar Ali, a researcher at the Uni-
versity of Florida who has led studies of
cholera in Haiti for years.
Dr Joseph Donald Francois, who coordinates
the health ministry s efforts to combat the
illness, still believes Haiti, with international
help, can eliminate cholera by 2022. But he
acknowledged the effort is badly underfi-
Cholera was first detected in central Haiti s
Artibonite Valley. Researchers say there is
ample evidence the disease was introduced
to the country s biggest river by inadequately
treated sewage from a base of UN peace-
keepers from Nepal, one of the units that
have rotated in and out of a multinational
force in Haiti since 2004. (AP)
Cholera still kills dozens a month in Haiti
BANGKOK---Police in Thailand announced yester-
day they seized almost 900,000 counterfeit brand-
name sunglasses at a warehouse where they also
arrested two Chinese nationals accused of importing
them from China.
Thailand's Department of Special Investigation
said the 895,897 sunglasses were purported to be
famous brands such as Ray-Ban, Oakley, Louis Vuit-
ton and Christian Dior.
It said the raid Wednesday also found fake
stamps, stickers and labels that were part of the
counterfeiting operation. Police explained that the
sunglasses were imported from China, either whole
or as parts, and had tags and stickers applied in
Bangkok to make them seem as if they were brand-
name goods. (AP)
Venezuela opposition devises
strategy to oust Maduro
Gunmen kill Honduran
Thai police seize about 900,000
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