Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : June 20th 2016 Contents ISLAMABAD---Police in
Pakistan have arrested a
mother suspected of
killing her pregnant
daughter for marrying
against the wishes of her
family, the latest in a se-
ries of so-called "honour
killings" in the conserva-
tive Muslim country.
Local police official Ar-
shad Mahamood said the
mother and her son slit
the throat of 22-year-old
Muqadas Tofeeq in the
village of Butrawala in
Tofeeq was the mother
of a ten-month-old in-
He says Muqadas was
lured into her parental
home, where she was
killed on Friday.
Her husband, Mo-
hammed Tofeeq, reported
the murder. Nearly 1,000
women are killed in Pak-
istan each year for violat-
ing conservative norms
on love and marriage.
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TOKYO---Tens of thousands of
people on the Japanese island of
Okinawa protested yesterday
against the presence of US mil-
itary bases there, many wearing
black to mourn the rape and
killing of a local woman in which
an American contractor is a sus-
The rally called for a review
of the US-Japanese security
agreement, which burdens Oki-
nawa with hosting the bulk of
American troops in Japan.
Also contentious is a plan to
relocate a Marine Corps air sta-
tion to a less-populated part of
the southwestern island.
The relocation plan developed
after public anger erupted in 1995
over the rape of a girl by three
The killing of the local woman,
who had been missing for several
weeks when her body was found
last month, set off outrage on
Okinawa, where tensions peri-
odically run high over crime
linked to American troops.
The US contractor, a former
Marine, was arrested on May 19
on suspicion of abandoning the
woman s body, but has not yet
been charged with killing her.
Okinawa Gov Takeshi Onaga
told the crowd at the rally in Oki-
nawa s capital, Naha, that he
wanted to apologise to the
woman for failing to protect her,
even after what happened in
"We had pledged never to
repeat such an incident," he said.
"I couldn t change the political
system to prevent that. That is
my utmost regret as a politician
and as governor of Okinawa."
About 65,000 people attended
the rally, according to the Kyodo
Many people held signs
demanding the Marines leave
and the overall military on Oki-
nawa be scaled back. (AP)
CAIRO---An Egyptian court on Saturday sentenced
six people, including two Al-Jazeera employees, to
death for allegedly passing documents related to
national security to Qatar and the Doha-based TV
network during the rule of Islamist President
Morsi, the top defendant, and two of his aides
were sentenced to 25 years in prison for
membership in the now-banned Muslim
Brotherhood group but were acquitted of
espionage, a capital offense. Morsi and his
secretary, Amin el-Sirafy, each received an
additional 15-year sentence for leaking official
documents. El-Sirafy's daughter, Karima, was also
sentenced to 15 years on the same charge.
Morsi, Egypt's first freely elected leader, was
ousted by the military in July 2013 and has already
been sentenced to death in another case. That
death sentence and another two---life and 20 years
in prison---are under appeal. The Brotherhood was
banned and declared a terrorist organization after
his ouster. Khalid Radwan, a producer at a
Brotherhood-linked TV channel, received a 15-year
All of Saturday's verdicts can be appealed. Of the
case's 11 defendants, seven, including Morsi, are in
custody. Amnesty International called for the death
sentences to be immediately thrown out and for
the "ludicrous charges against the journalists to be
MOSCOW---At least 13 children and their adult
instructor have died in a storm while boating on a
lake in Russia's northwestern region of Karelia,
officials said yesterday.
Vladimir Markin, a spokesman for the nation's
main state investigative agency, said several boats
with children overturned Saturday in a storm in
Syamozero, 120 kilometres (75 miles) east of the
border with Finland.
Of 47 children and four adult instructors in the
boats, 13 children and one adult have died, Markin
Markin said three people have been detained on
suspicions of violating safety rules: two instructors
and a deputy director of a hotel where they were
staying which reportedly organised the boating.
The children who went out boating came from
Moscow and the capital's mayor, Sergei Sobyanin,
offered condolences to the victims' families.
Repeated warnings of an advancing Atlantic
cyclone had been issued days ahead of the storm,
advising everyone against boating on the lake, one
of the favourite holiday destinations in the area,
regional Karelia lawmaker Alexei Gavrilov said on
Rossiya 24 television.
"They didn't have the right to go out boating," he
Vladimir Kucherenko, the director of a local tourist
company, said that most children had apparently
died from long exposure to cold water, as water
temperatures in the lake were 8-10 degrees Celsius
(46-50 Fahrenheit). He said strong winds might
have driven boats across the lake, making it hard
for the children to get to the shore.
"I would like to look the person who allowed them
to go boating in the eye," Kucherenko said in
televised remarks. "It was suicidal." (AP)
LONDON---Britain s long and difficult referendum
campaign has resumed in earnest after a three-day
halt caused by the killing of Labour Party lawmaker
Jo Cox in a brazen knife and gun attack.
The death has cast a pall over the referendum set for
Thursday, and its impact on the eventual results---if
The campaign tone was perhaps a bit more moderate
yesterday as both sides in the bruising battle over whether
Britain should remain a member of the 28-nation Euro-
pean Union seemed to take a more civil approach.
The content remained the same: the "remain" camp
predicts economic doom if Britain leaves the EU while
the "leave" campaign warns of the perils of uncontrolled
immigration unless Britain strikes out on its own.
Prime Minister David Cameron, leading the "remain"
campaign, invoked Cox s memory as a contrast to the
values of some of the "leave" campaigners, singling out
UK Independence Party chief Nigel Farage for taking a
In a newspaper column, he said Cox---who favoured
EU membership, and wanted Britain to do more to help
Syrian refugees---offered a hopeful vision for Britain
while Farage wants to divide the country, not unite it.
"Are we going to choose Nigel Farage s vision---one
which takes Britain backwards; divides rather than unites;
and questions the motives of anyone who takes a different
view. Or will we, instead, choose the tolerant, liberal
Britain; a country that doesn t blame its problems on
other groups of people," he said.
With the resumption of campaigning, including a
London rally featuring former Mayor Boris Johnson, a
popular "leave" figure, fresh attention was focused on
a poster unveiled by Farage s supporters hours before
Cox was killed.
The poster showed a long line of immigrants fleeing
poverty and warfare in the Middle East and elsewhere
trudging across Europe with a warning in capital letters
that said: BREAKING POINT. In smaller type, it accused
the EU of failing Britain.
The poster has been cited by politicians and com-
mentators as a prime example of how jarring the tone
of the referendum campaign has become.
Treasury Chief George Osborne Sunday called it "vile"
and compared it to Nazi propaganda of the 1930s.
Farage did not apologise for the provocative image,
but he conceded that the Cox killing, which he called
an act of terrorism, may have blunted the "leave" cam-
paign s momentum at a key moment just days before
He blamed the tragedy on "one person with serious
mental issues" and said he does not know how the
public mood will sway in the next four days.
A range of public opinion surveys suggest the race is
Pakistan woman held in 'honour killing' of pregnant daughter
Journalists sentenced to death in Egypt
Boats with children
overturn in storm, killing 14
Turkish police officers fire tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse
demonstrators who gathered for a gay pride rally despite a
government ban, off Istiklal Avenue, central Istanbul's main
shopping road, yesterday. Istanbul's governor had banned gay,
lesbian and transgender individuals from holding two annual
parades this year citing security concerns. AP PHOTO
Protest on Okinawa
opposes US military
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