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WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 26, 2016
Venezuela s government and
its opposition are to meet for cri-
sis talks, the Vatican says, after
an intervention from Pope Fran-
cis.Protests have been held in
recent days over the suspension
of a referendum process seeking
to remove President Nicolas
The surprise move came after
Maduro met Pope Francis in an
The Vatican and regional bloc
Unasur will mediate in the talks.
Pope Francis "urged (the parties)
to show courage in pursuing the
path of sincere and constructive
dialogue," the Vatican said in a
After meeting representatives
from both sides, the Vatican s
envoy to Argentina, Emil Paul
Tscherrig, said "a national dia-
logue" had already started.
He said they had agreed to for-
mal talks on Sunday on Margarita
island in the Caribbean.
Maduro said "at last" dialogue
The head of the opposition
coalition, Jesus Torrealba, who met
Tscherrig, said while talks were
important "it can t continue to be
a strategy for the government to
Another top opposition figure,
Henrique Capriles, dismissed the
announcement as a diversionary
ploy. "No dialogue has begun in
Venezuela," he said.
Maduro, a former bus driver
and union leader, is blamed by the
opposition for Venezuela s dire
economic situation. The oil-rich
country is facing widespread food
shortages and spiralling inflation.
The opposition is trying to hold
a recall referendum that would
allow Maduro to be removed from
office but electoral authorities sus-
pended the process last week.
Hundreds of students protested
on Monday in San Cristobal, a city
near the Colombian border.
Nationwide protests are planned
Maduro has accused the oppo-
sition of having links to foreign
states, the US in particular, and
of seeking to overthrow him to
"lay their hands on Venezuela s
oil riches." (BBC)
Demonstrators clash with riot police during a rally to demand a referendum to remove Venezuela's President
Nicolas Maduro in San Cristobal, Venezuela, Monday. REUTERS PHOTO
VATICAN CITY---The Vatican
yesterday published guidelines
for Catholics who want to be cre-
mated, saying their remains can-
not be scattered, divvied up or
kept at home, but rather must be
stored in a sacred Church-
The new instructions were
released just in time for Halloween
and "All Souls Day" on November
2, when the faithful are supposed
to pray for and remember the dead.
For most of its 2,000-year his-
tory, the Catholic Church only per-
mitted burial, arguing that it best
expressed the Christian hope in
But in 1963, the Vatican explic-
itly allowed cremation as long as
it didn t suggest a denial of faith
The new document from the
Vatican s Congregation for the
Doctrine of the Faith repeats that
burial remains preferred, with offi-
cials calling cremation a "brutal
destruction" of the body.
But it lays out guidelines for
conserving ashes for the increasing
numbers of Catholics who choose
cremation for economic, ecological
or other reasons.
At least 61 people, mostly young
cadets, were massacred and more
than 100 others injured when heavily-
armed Islamic State militants
attacked a police training centre here
in the capital of the restive
Balochistan province, in one of the
deadliest terror attacks in Pakistan.
The hours-long attack on the
facility---which was home to nearly
700 recruits---lasted until early hours
At least three gunmen stormed
Quetta's sprawling Police Training
College on Monday night and targeted
the sleeping quarters of recruits. They
first killed a police guard at the watch
tower and then stormed the
dormitory while cadets rested.
The attack sent the terrified men
aged between 15 and 25 fleeing for
safety. Many of the cadets jumped off
the rooftops to try to escape.
Eyewitnesses said the attackers
were armed with Kalashnikovs. The
attack appeared well coordinated,
with experts saying the militants fired
at the training centre from five
Most of the deaths occurred when
two of the attackers blew themselves
Crews have begun dismantling
the "Jungle" migrant camp in Calais
with sledgehammers as its
inhabitants leave by coach for other
parts of France.
Workers in hard hats and orange
jumpsuits have been pulling down
unoccupied tents and shacks by
More than 2,800 people have now
been moved away by bus since the
evictions started on Monday.
The Jungle has become a key
symbol of Europe's migration crisis,
home to some 7,000 residents in
The operation to close the camp
has been largely peaceful so far, but
concerns remain that some
migrants will refuse to give up their
attempts to cross the Channel to
Crews tore down wooden shacks
with sledgehammers and used
diggers to move away debris.
The work is expected to be carried
out mostly by hand, and in a low-
key manner, as officials believe
sending in bulldozers at this point
would send the wrong message to
Officials are keen for them to get
on buses voluntarily.
Officials say a total of more than
2,800 people have been bussed
away from the camp so far. They
are being taken to shelters around
France, where they will be given the
opportunity to claim asylum, or face
fast-food restaurant says workers
will be fired after a Facebook video
shows them joking about having sex
and spitting in customers' food,
among other unsanitary acts.
But one former Checkers employee
who posted the video says it was
simply a publicity stunt gone wrong.
That man, Richard Benson, tells
WCAU-TV that he's a comedian and
hip-hop artist who posted the video
as a publicity stunt. He says none of
the workers actually did the things
described in the 44-minute video.
The Checkers franchise is taking
the matter seriously and issued a
statement saying the restaurant on
Stenton Avenue will remain closed
until it is "fully sanitised and re-
inspected" and that the workers
involved in the video are being fired.
Other employees will be retrained.
Terrorists storm Pakistani
police academy, kill 61 cadets
French riot police officer secures the area near a burning makeshift shelter set
ablaze in protest against the dismantlement of the camp for migrants called
the "Jungle" in Calais on the second day of their evacuation and transfer to
reception centres, France. REUTERS PHOTO
Demolition crews clear Calais 'jungle'
Restaurant firing workers, cleaning
after 'unsanitary' video
foes 'to hold talks'
Vatican: Cremation OK, but
keep ashes off the mantle
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