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Wednesday, September 13, 2017
11 killed in clash
say gunmen assaulted an army pa-
trol in an eastern area where illegal
mining has become increasingly
common, and 11 of the attackers
were killed and one soldier was
wounded in the gun battle.
Officials said yesterday that the
soldiers were patrolling in a remote
part of Bolivar province when they
were ambushed Sunday.
Lawmaker Americo de Grazia says
the opposition-controlled National
Assembly is opening an inquiry. He
says the men killed included illegal
Seventeen miners were killed by
a paramilitary group last year at a
mine near the site of Sunday's clash.
Reverse migration back to Florida begins
ATLANTA---With Irma having weak-
ened into inland rainstorms,
Floridians are beginning a mass
migration back to a battered, wa-
ter-logged state where millions
remains without power.
But traf ic maps, social media
reports, gasoline trackers and the
ever-reliable eye test all say it isn't
an easy trip yesterday and won't
be in the days ahead.
"As soon as we hit the state line,
it was traf ic jams and accidents,"
said Elizabeth Priore of Fort Lau-
derdale, as she continued to her
return drive from Alpharetta,
Georgia, late Tuesday afternoon.
Priore said she had managed
to ind gas and open restaurants
along the way, and she said Inter-
state 95 south of Jacksonville was
But traf ic cameras elsewhere
in the state, particularly along In-
terstate 75 in the Orlando metro
area, showed gridlock.
"We were expecting a night-
mare," Priore said, explaining
that she decided it was better to
brave it than to wait.
Other Floridians are opting to
wait it out, fearing the conges-
tion, lane closures, fender bend-
ers, shuttered restaurants and gas
stations without fuel.
French pres, Dutch king
view Irma devastation
PHILIPSBURG, St Maarten---France's
president and the Dutch king
visited Caribbean territories yes-
terday that were hammered by
Hurricane Irma, trying to quell
accusations by residents that
European governments were
unprepared, slow to react and
sometimes even racist in their re-
sponses to the devastation.
The Dutch Red Cross said there
were still more than 200 people
listed as missing on St Maarten,
but with communications still
extremely spotty a week after the
storm hit it wasn't immediately
clear how many were simply
without cell service.
Meanwhile, hundreds of people
across the island shared by Dutch
St Maarten and French St Martin
were trying to rebuild the lives
they had before the hurricane hit.
French President Emmanuel
Macron flew into Guadeloupe
on the way to hard-hit St Martin
to meet with residents. His plane
brought water, food, tons of med-
icine and emergency equipment,
doctors and recovery experts
to an island demolished by the
power of the Category 5 hurri-
At a news conference in the
Pointe-a-Pitre airport before de-
parting for St Martin, Macron
said the government's "top prior-
ity" was to help island residents
return to normal life.
But many on the island were
struggling to maintain a sem-
blance of the normality they had
"There's no food here. There's
no water here," said 70-year-old
Adding to the stress of lack of
food and shelter were reports
of widespread looting by armed
As night fell on Monday, resi-
dents hurried inside, fearful of
robbers roaming the streets and
of the handful of men walking
around yanking chains tied to ag-
Hundreds of tourists were still
trying to leave the island, with
dozens lining up outside St.
Maarten's Princess Juliana Air-
port, where only ive large letters
of its name remained.
Dutch King Willem-Alexander,
who arrived on Monday, said
the scenes of devastation he wit-
nessed on St Maarten in the hur-
ricane's aftermath were the worst
he had ever seen.
"I've never experienced any-
thing like this before and I've seen
a lot of natural disasters in my life.
I've seen a lot of war zones in my
life, but I've never seen anything
like this," Willem-Alexander said
on the Dutch national network
France President Emmanuel Macron
shakes hands with a resident during
his visit to St Martin yesterday.
Myanmar has denounced the sug-
gestion by the UN human rights
chief that its treatment of Rohingya
Muslims amounts to "ethnic cleans-
The country's envoy to the UN
blamed Rohingya insurgents for the
violence in Rakhine state, saying
that Myanmar would never tolerate
Some 370,000 Rohingyas have
crossed the border to Bangladesh
since the situation escalated last
Myanmar's military says it is fight-
ing Rohingya militants and denies it
is targeting civilians.
But many of those who have fled
say troops responded to attacks by
Rohingya militants on 25 August
with a brutal campaign of violence
and village burnings aimed at driv-
ing them out. (AP)
TOKYO---North Korea will be feel-
ing the pain of new United Nations
sanctions targeting some of its
biggest remaining foreign revenue
streams. But the Security Council
eased off the biggest target of all:
the oil the North needs to stay alive,
and to fuel its million-man military.
The sanctions cap Pyongyang's
annual imports of crude oil at the
same level they have been for the
past 12 months: an estimated four
But how much impact the oil and
fuel component of the sanctions
will actually have---even if strictly
enforced, which is always a con-
cern---is an open question.
David von Hippel, an energy
expert with the Nautilus Institute
think tank who has done extensive
research on North Korea, said he
doubts that oil sanctions will hit the
regime very hard. (AP)
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