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Vladimir Putin and his wife Lyudmila
announced yesterday they are divorc-
ing after nearly 30 years of marriage.
The Putins made the statement on
state television after attending a ballet
performance at the Kremlin.
"It was our joint decision," Putin said.
Lyudmila Putin was rarely seen in
public during her husband s long tenure
at the top of Russian politics and
implied that she didn t like to travel
with him on his frequent trips.
"I don t like publicity and flying is
difficult for me," she said.
The Putins married on July 28, 1983,
and have two daughters, Maria and
Yekaterina. In the televised announce-
ment of their divorce, Putin appeared
reserved and Lyudmila smiled tenta-
"We practically never saw each other.
To each his own life," Putin said. (AP)
Russian president Putin, wife divorce
Lyudmila andVladimir Putin.
NAIROBI, Kenya ---Britain said it
"sincerely regrets" the acts of tor-
ture a British colonial government
carried out against Kenyans fight-
ing for liberation from colonial
rule in the 1950s and 1960s.
The Foreign and Commonwealth
Office in London insisted that an
"expression of deep regret" was not
the same thing as an apology, which
would have legal implications. But
the victims of British abuses a half-
century ago appeared satisfied, even
Several thousand now, elderly
Kenyans, say they were beaten and
sexually assaulted by officers acting
for the British administration trying
to suppress the Mau Mau rebellion,
during which groups of Kenyans
attacked British officials and white
farmers who had settled in some
of Kenya s most fertile lands.
In London, Foreign Secretary
William Hague told the House of
Commons the government recog-
nises that Kenyans were subject to
torture and other ill treatment. Yes-
terday s settlement will pay about
US$21.5 million to the 5,200
Kenyans who were found to have
been tortured, or about US$4,100
per Kenyan victim. Another US$9.25
million goes to pay costs to the
Kenyans legal team.
"This success is total jubilation.
We are so happy today because the
truth will be told worldwide," said
Francis Mutisi, assistant secretary
general of the Mau Mau War Vet-
erans Association. Mutisi said he
was detained by Britain s colonial
government for three weeks in 1960
while looking for a job.
Martyn Day, a lawyer for the
Kenyans, said he hopes Hague s
statement will be "the final reso-
lution of this legal battle that has
been ongoing for so many years."
"The elderly victims of torture
now at last have the recognition
and justice they have sought for
many years," Day added. "For them,
the significance of this moment
cannot be overemphasised."
The Mau Mau victims were led
by Gitu wa Kahengeri.
"There is no amount of compen-
sation that can cover for those who
suffered," he said, noting that he
and his father were detained for ten
"The British government accept-
ed that something bad happened,
and this is what the veterans in this
group have been seeking. The fact
that an apology has been given is
sufficient to atone for what hap-
MIAMI---The first named storm of
the Atlantic season pelted Florida s
Gulf Coast with rain and wind yes-
terday as it edged toward the coast
of Georgia and the Carolinas.
Tropical Storm Andrea was not
expected to strengthen into a hur-
ricane but it already had generated
numerous tornadoes in Florida and
forecasters warned it could cause
isolated flooding and storm surge
before it loses its steam over the next
Tropical storm warnings were in
effect for a large section of Florida s
coast. A tropical storm warning
means that tropical storm conditions
are expected somewhere within the
warning area within a day and a half.
Andrea s maximum sustained
winds increased to near 60 mph (95
kph) and the storm was expected to
make landfall in Florida s Big Bend
area yesterday afternoon before mov-
ing across Georgia and the Carolinas.
Florida Gov Rick Scott said one
of the biggest risks associated with
the storm for Florida was the chance
of tornadoes, eight of which had
been confirmed yesterday across the
Another threat to Florida s coast
was storm surge, said Eric Blake, a
hurricane specialist at the US Nation-
al Hurricane Center in Miami.
In Cuba, heavy rains associated
with the storm system have soaked
the western part of the island for the
past several days, overflowing rivers
and damaging crops. At least 30
towns were cut off by flooding, and
more than 2,600 people sought
refuge from the rising waters at rel-
atives homes or state-run shelters,
the Communist Party newspaper
Granma reported yesterday. (AP)
A university instructor holds a placard during a protest by university
instructors at Taksim square, Istanbul, yesterday. In the first days of the
protests, President Erdogan dismissed the demonstrators as "capulcu," a
Turkish word that translates as marauder, looter or plunderer. Protesters
quickly turned the word to their advantage. They created a brand new
verb, "capulling", which means protesting, resisting the tear gas and
shouting anti-Erdogan slogans. AP PHOTO
$ for Mau Mau
Mau Mau veterans listen at a press conference announcing a settlement in their legal case for compensation
against the British Government, in Nairobi, Kenya yesterday. AP PHOTO
down on Florida coast
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