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The owner of the South African mine where
34 striking workers were shot dead by police a
year ago has apologised to relatives.
"We will never replace your loved ones and I
say we are truly sorry for that," Lonmin boss
Ben Magara said.
He was speaking to thousands of people
gathered to mark the anniversary of the deaths
at the Marikana platinum mine.
South Africa's governing ANC is not
attending the commemorations, saying they
have been "hijacked".
The ANC pulled out at the last minute,
accusing some of "taking advantage of a
tragedy for their own political benefit".
Machetes and spears have been replaced by
sticks and umbrellas. The miners say they have
decided to not bring any weapons to show
respect to those who were killed here last year.
They also say they want to show that they
want an end to the violence.
Some miners are disappointed that the
government is not here to mourn with them
and also to remember those who died.
The large crowd of miners are singing
struggle songs---one calls for an early election
so they can "vote for a government that really
cares for the people".
The company has been criticised for not
taking any ownership of the events that led to
last year's killings or apologising, she says.BBC
Marikana shooting: Lonmin apologises for South Africa deaths
MANILA, Philippines---A ferry with nearly
700 people aboard sank near the central
Philippine port of Cebu last night after
colliding with a cargo vessel, killing at
least 17 people. Hundreds of others were
The coast guard said 17 people were con-
firmed dead, including children, and 525
had been rescued several hours after the
collision. Authorities were still checking the
number of others who had been taken to
The captain of the ferry MV Thomas
Aquinas ordered the ship abandoned after
it began listing and then sank after hitting
the cargo vessel, Coast Guard officer Joy
He said two Coast Guard vessels and
other nearby ships were involved in the res-
cue operation not far from the port of Cebu.
Passenger Jerwin Agudong told radio sta-
tion DZBB some people were trapped and
he saw bodies in the water.
"It seems some were not able to get out.
I pity the children. We saw dead bodies on
the side, and some being rescued," he said.
He said the ferry was entering the pier
when the cargo vessel, which was on the
way out, suddenly collided with the ship.
He said he and other passengers jumped in
front of the cargo vessel.
"One of the persons who jumped with
us hit his head on metal. He is shaking and
he is bloodied," Agudong said.
He said the crew of the ferry distributed
life jackets while the ship was slowly sink-
He said the ferry came from Nasipit in
Agusan del Sur province in the southern
Philippines on a day-long journey.
Villegas says the collision, near Cebu, was
not far from shore.
He says two Coast Guard vessels were
dispatched and other nearby vessels are
helping to rescue the passengers.
Accidents at sea are common in the
Philippine archipelago because of frequent
storms, badly maintained boats and weak
enforcement of safety regulations.
In 1987, the ferry Dona Paz sank after
colliding with a fuel tanker in the Philippines,
killing more than 4,341 people in the world s
worst peacetime maritime disaster.
In 2008, the ferry MV Princess of the
Stars capsized during a typhoon in the cen-
tral Philippines, killing nearly 800 people.
The UN has warned of a severe outbreak of
polio in Somalia, days after a medical charity
pulled out of the country, citing insecurity.
At least 105 cases of polio have been recorded in
Somalia this year---almost half the number of cases
around the world in 2012.
The World Health Organisation is trying to erad-
icate polio and the number of cases has fallen dra-
Most of the Somali cases are in areas controlled
by Islamist group al-Shabab.
Polio is now only considered endemic in three
countries---Afghanistan, Nigeria and Pakistan.
Somalia was declared polio-free six years ago
and some four million people have been vaccinat-
"It s very worrying because it s an explosive out-
break and of course polio is a disease that is slated
for eradication," said WHO spokesman Oliver Rosen-
bauer, according to the AP news agency.
Another ten cases have been recorded in north-
eastern Kenya, where about half a million Somalis
Just 223 cases of polio were recorded globally in
2012---down from 350,000 in 1988.
The UN humanitarian agency (Ocha) notes that
it is "extremely challenging" to carry out vaccination
work in Somalia.
During the 2011 famine al-Shabab banned most
international aid agencies from operating in areas
they controlled in southern Somalia.
Polio is highly infectious and is exacerbated by
poor sanitation and a lack of clean water.
It invades the nervous system, and can cause
total paralysis in a matter of hours. BBC
CAIRO---Muslim Brotherhood protests plunged
into violence across Egypt on Friday, with around
50 killed in Cairo alone on a "Day of Rage" called
by Islamist followers of ousted President Mohamed
Morsi to denounce a police crackdown.
Automatic gunfire echoed across Cairo and black
smoke billowed from the capital s huge Ramses Square,
a military helicopter hovering low overhead looking
down on the chaos.
A Reuters witness saw the bodies of 27 people,
apparently hit by gunfire and birdshot, wrapped in
white sheets in a mosque. A Reuters photographer
said security forces opened fire from numerous direc-
tions when a police station was attacked.
At least 20 people died in clashes elsewhere in
The violence followed Wednesday s assault by
security forces on two Brotherhood sit-ins in Cairo
that left hundreds dead, as the military-backed gov-
ernment tried to end weeks of turbulence that has
pushed the Arab world s most populous state to the
brink of disaster.
Western governments urged restraint and Germany
cautioned the new government that it was reviewing
its ties. By contrast, Saudi Arabia s King Abdullah
said his country stood with Egypt in its battle against
The army deployed armored vehicles on major
roads around the capital and the Interior Ministry
said police would use live ammunition against anyone
threatening public buildings.
"Sooner or later I will die. Better to die for my
rights than in my bed. Guns don t scare us anymore,"
said Sara Ahmed, 28, a business manager who joined
the demonstrators in Cairo.
"It s not about the Brotherhood, it s about human
rights," said Ahmed, one of the few women in the
crowd not wearing a headscarf, a sign of piety for
Anger on the streets was directed at army com-
mander General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, who moved
against Morsi last month after massive street rallies
against the his administration that had been dogged
by accusations of incompetence and partisanship.
"The people want the butcher executed," said
Mustafa Ibrahim, 37, referring to Sisi, as he marched
with a crowd of several thousand on downtown Cairo
under blazing summer sun.
The Brotherhood accuses the military of staging
a coup when it ousted Morsi on July 3. Liberal and
youth activists who backed the military saw the move
as a positive response to public demands.
But some fear Egypt is turning back into the kind
of police state that kept the disgraced Hosni Mubarak
in power for 30 years before his removal in 2011, as
security institutions recover their confidence and
In calling for a "Day of Rage," the Brotherhood
used the same name as that given to the most violent
day of the uprising against Mubarak. That day, January
28, 2011, marked the protesters victory over the
police, who were forced to retreat. Reuters
17 dead after ferry
sinks in Philippines
Egypt's 'Day of
Rage' turns violent
...dozens of protesters killed
Polio in Somalia: UN warns
of 'explosive' outbreak
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