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As the nation and world celebrated
the memory of the Rev Martin Luther
King Jr's "I Have a Dream" speech, his
two sons and daughter were caught
up in their latest legal fight over
control of their father's legacy.
On August 28, his estate filed a
complaint in an Atlanta court asking
a judge to stop a nonprofit devoted
to King's memory from using his
image, likeness and memorabilia.
The date was the 50th anniversary
of the March on Washington and the
slain civil rights icon's famous speech.
The estate is run by King's sons,
Martin Luther King III and Dexter
King, while The Martin Luther King Jr
Centre for Nonviolent Social Change
is run by King's remaining living
daughter, Bernice King.
The estate claims in the filing that
it is the owner of the worldwide
rights and property interests
involving King's name, image,
likeness, recorded voice and
That includes his writings,
speeches, sermons and letters, as
well as the remains and coffin in his
crypt, the complaint says. (AP)
King's children in new court battle over legacy
Putin warned the West against
taking one-sided action in
Syria but also said Russia
"doesn t exclude" supporting
a UN resolution on punitive
military strikes if it is proved
that Damascus used poison gas
on its own people.
In a wide-ranging interview
with The Associated Press and
Russia s state Channel 1 televi-
sion, Putin said he felt sorry that
President Barack Obama can-
celled a one-on-one meeting in
Moscow that was supposed to
have happened before the sum-
mit. But he expressed hope that
the two would have serious dis-
cussions about Syria and other
issues in St Petersburg.
Putin said it was "ludicrous"
that the government of Syrian
President Bashar Assad---a
staunch ally of Russia---would
use chemical weapons at a time
when it was holding sway
against the rebels.
"From our viewpoint, it seems
absolutely absurd that the armed
forces---the regular armed forces,
which are on the offensive today
and in some areas have encircled
the so-called rebels and are fin-
ishing them off---that in these
conditions they would start
using forbidden chemical
weapons while realising quite
well that it could serve as a pre-
text for applying sanctions
against them, including the use
of force," he said.
The Obama administration
says 1,429 people died in the
August 21 attack in a Damascus
suburb. A UN inspection team
is awaiting lab results on tissue
and soil samples it collected
while in Syria before completing
Obama expressed frustration
at Russia s position, saying: "It
has been very difficult to get
Russia, working through the
Security Council, to acknowl-
edge some of the terrible behav-
iour of the Assad regime."
Putin, however, said the US
has failed to make its case
through the proper channels.
"If there is evidence that
chemical weapons have been
used, and used specifically by
the regular army, this evidence
should be submitted to the UN
Security Council," said Putin, a
former officer in the Soviet KGB.
"And it ought to be convincing.
It shouldn t be based on some
rumours and information
obtained by intelligence agencies
through some kind of eaves-
dropping, some conversations
and things like that."
He noted that even in the US,
"there are experts who believe
that the evidence presented by
the administration doesn t look
convincing, and they don t
exclude the possibility that the
opposition conducted a premed-
itated, provocative action trying
to give their sponsors a pretext
for military intervention."
He compared the evidence
presented by Washington to false
data used by the Bush admin-
istration about weapons of mass
destruction to justify the 2003
invasion of Iraq. (AP)
Palestinian women hold portraits of Syrian President Bashar
Assad during a demonstration against the United States
considering launching a punitive strike against the Syrian regime,
in front of the UN headquarters in Damascus, Syria, yesterday.
Putin warns West
on Syria strike
VATICAN CITY---The Vatican
is ramping up its opposition to
threatened military strikes
against Syria as it draws atten-
tion to Pope Francis plans to
host a day of fasting and prayer
for peace this weekend.
The Vatican has invited all
ambassadors accredited to the
Holy See to attend a briefing
today on the pope s agenda for
the four-hour vigil Saturday
night in St Peter s Square, and
bishops conferences from
around the world have
announced plans to host local
versions of the vigil as well.
Even the Vatican s often dys-
functional bureaucracy seems
to be on message with the ini-
tiative, Francis first major foray
into international diplomacy
since being elected in March.
The No 2 of the Vatican s jus-
tice and peace office warned
earlier this week that military
action in Syria could spark a
world war. The head of its office
for families wrote a letter to
Catholics urging parents to offer
their children an "austere and
minimal lunch" Saturday to par-
ticipate in Francis fast. And the
cardinal in charge of the Vati-
can s office for Eastern rite
Catholics warned in an interview
with the Vatican newspaper that
Christian minorities in the
region would suffer the most
from any military intervention.
Francis himself yesterday
urged Catholics and non-
Catholics alike to participate in
Saturday s vigil, telling more
than 50,000 people gathered for
his weekly general audience: "Let
the cry for peace rise up across
In recent speeches, tweets and
remarks, Francis has called for
a negotiated settlement in Syria
but has also condemned the use
of chemical weapons.
"War never again! Never again
war!" he tweeted earlier this
Vatican ramps up opposition to Syria strikes
Ariel Castro, who kept women captive at his
home in Cleveland, Ohio, has died after being
found hanging in his cell.
Prison officials said he died in hospital late on
Tuesday, after prison medical staff failed to revive
Castro, 53, held three
women against their will for
about a decade until May
this year. He kept his victims
chained up and raped them.
The prosecutor who tried
him called him a "coward"
unable to withstand "a small
portion" of what he had
Castro was sentenced on
1 August to life imprison-
ment without parole plus
1,000 years. The house was
The former school bus driver abducted Michelle
Knight, 32, Amanda Berry, 27, and Gina DeJesus,
23, from the Cleveland streets between 2002-
04.A spokeswoman for the Ohio Department of
Rehabilitation and Correction, JoEllen Smith, said:
"He was housed in protective custody which
means he was in a cell by himself and rounds are
required every 30 minutes at staggered intervals.
Ariel Castro at his sentencing: "I m not a mon-
ster, I m a normal person, I am just sick, I have
A preliminary medical examination found his
cause of death was hanging, said Dr Jan Gorniak,
the Franklin County coroner.
Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Timothy McGinty
spared no words for Castro in a statement fol-
lowing his apparent suicide.
Castro was placed in protective custody because
of his notoriety, but was not on suicide watch,
which requires constant observation.
Gina DeJesus was 14 years old when she dis-
appeared. Amanda Berry was 16, and Michelle
Knight, 21. Castro fathered a child with Amanda
The three women escaped from Castro s home
on 6 May, when Amanda Berry broke part of a
door and yelled to neighbours for help.
Castro pleaded guilty to the 937 charges against
him, including multiple counts of kidnapping,
rape and aggravated murder in connection with
the beating of a pregnant captive until she mis-
A deal with prosecutors spared him a possible
death penalty. (BBC)
hanged in cell
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