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FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 4, 2016
More than 200 migrants are
believed drowned in two ship-
wrecks off the coast of Libya,
migration officials say.
The UN refugee agency was told
the news by survivors brought
ashore on the Italian island of
Lampedusa, spokeswoman Carlotta
Twelve bodies have been recov-
More than 4,200 migrants have
died making the dangerous journey
across the Mediterranean Sea this
year, International Organization of
Migration spokesman Leonard
Many of those killed in the latest
two incidents are believed to be
migrants from West Africa.
Ms Sami said a dinghy---which
was reportedly carrying about 140
people including six children and
about 20 women, some of them
pregnant---capsized 25 miles off
the Libyan coast. Twenty-nine
people were rescued, she said, and
12 bodies were recovered.
In a separate rescue operation,
two women found swimming at
sea told rescuers that 128 other
people had died in their wreck.
Smugglers who organise the
treacherous journeys overload flim-
sy boats and often send them off
in bad weather, the UN says.
LONDON---Britain s plans to leave
the European Union hit a large
speed bump yesterday, as the High
Court ruled that the government
can t start exit negotiations with-
out a vote in Parliament.
The judgment deepened Britain s
divide over Europe, raising hopes
among pro-EU politicians that they
can soften the terms of the UK s
withdrawal from the bloc. "Leave"
campaigners say any attempt to do
that would be a betrayal of voters
The government immediately said
it would ask the Supreme Court to
overturn the ruling. The Court has
set aside time in early December to
hear the case.
Yesterday s ruling could delay
government plans to start talks on
Britain s EU exit, or Brexit, within
weeks, and opens a major consti-
tutional battle over the balance of
power between Parliament and the
Several claimants, including a
hairdresser and a financial entre-
preneur, challenged May s right to
act. They argued that leaving the
EU will remove rights, including
free movement within the bloc, and
that it couldn t be done without
Parliament s approval.
The judges backed the claimants
argument that the government
could not remove Britons legal
rights "unless Parliament had con-
ferred upon the Crown authority
to do so."
The ruling infuriated pro-Brexit
campaigners, who see the lawsuit
as an attempt to block or delay
Britain s EU exit.
UK Independence Party leader
Nigel Farage, who helped lead the
campaign to leave the EU, tweeted:
"I worry that a betrayal may be near
Financial entrepreneur, 51-year-
old Gina Miller who was born in
Guyana but grew up in Britain, a
lead claimant in the case, said the
lawsuit wasn t an attempt to stop
Brexit---just to ensure that Parlia-
ment is sovereign.
"I hope the MPs (members of
Parliament) will do their job and
debate this in a sober, grown up
way," she said. There is a chance
the Supreme Court could refer the
case to the European Court of Jus-
tice, the EU s highest court, if it
thinks a legal principle needs clar-
That would be an ironic outcome
given Britain s vote to leave the EU.
So-called Islamic State has
released an audiotape purportedly
from the group s leader, Abu Bakr
al-Baghdadi, urging its support-
ers not to retreat as Iraqi forces
advance on the city of Mosul.
The recording has not been ver-
ified yet but analysts believe it is
Baghdadi s whereabouts are
unknown. Some officials have said
he may be inside Mosul alongside
It comes two weeks after the
launch of a major offensive to
retake the last major IS urban
stronghold in Iraq.
Some 50,000 members of the
Iraqi security forces, Kurdish Pesh-
merga fighters, Sunni Arab tribes-
men and Shia Muslim militiamen
are involved in the operation,
which is backed by US-led coali-
tion air strikes. They have already
retaken dozens of villages and
towns surrounding Mosul, and on
Thursday pushed further into the
city s eastern outskirts.
Baghdadi s rallying cry was
timed to coincide with the entry
of Iraqi forces into the outskirts
of Mosul, at a critical moment for
He called on his fighters to obey
their leaders, warned Iraqi Sunnis
of the consequences of turning
against IS and appealed to IS s far-
flung outposts---from Indonesia
to West Africa---to stay loyal.
Isis leader urges no retreat
Court brings Brexit
to a screeching halt
Mexico is preparing a contin-
gency plan for an "adverse" election
result in the United States, accord-
ing to the country s Central Bank
Governor Agustin Carstens.
Carstens, who has previously stat-
ed that a victory for Donald Trump
would hit his country like a hurri-
cane, said the plan was a sensible
Without naming the Republican
nominee, Carstens said there was
an "adverse" candidate for Mexico
in the November 8 poll.
Mexico s peso rebounded yester-
day after polls showed Democratic
contender Hillary Clinton holding a
lead over Trump.
Trump s threats to tear up a trade
deal with Mexico and to build a bor-
der wall---at Mexico s expense---have
spooked investors, hurting the peso.
Mexico preparing 'contingency
plan' if Trump wins US election
Two men who posted a photo-
graph of themselves "surfing" on
the back of a turtle on an Australian
beach have sparked outrage and
calls for them to be fined.
Thousands of people have con-
demned the photograph, which was
originally posted by Ricky Rogers on
his Instagram site.
It shows two men pretending to
surf on the turtle on the beach in
Fraser Island, Queensland. The cap-
tion on the post read: "Surfed a tor-
toise on zee weekend..."
Turtle 'surfing' men
may face fine
"surfing" on the
back of a turtle.
Financial entrepreneur, Guyanese-
born, Gina Miller, one of the claimants
who challenged plans for Brexit,
speaks to the media outside the High
Court in London, yesterday. In a major
blow for Britain's government, the
High Court ruled yesterday that the
prime minister can't trigger the UK's
exit from the European Union without
approval from Parliament. AP PHOTO
'Hundreds dead' in shipwrecks off Libya
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