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KINGSTOWN---Prime Minister Dr Ralph
Gonsalves has sought to assure nationals
that there is no reason to panic as six
cases of swine flu have been confirmed in
St Vincent and the Grenadines.
"I have been asked to assure everyone
that matters are under control. We have
the antiviral treatment in the country,
3,000 tablets and we can source
additional stock from PAHO (Pan
American Health Organization) and that
stock is available to us to get very quickly,"
said Gonsalves, who is acting Minister of
He said reports from the Ministry of
Health show that of 51 cases of the
suspected illness, only six cases have been
confirmed as H1N1, commonly called
Gonsalves said an initial 11 swabs were
sent to the T&T-based Caribbean Public
Health Agency (CAPHA) last month and
the results received confirmed six chases
He said St Vincent and the Grenadines
had informed PAHO of the results and it
responded on September 25.
St Vincent confirms six cases of swine flu
TEHRAN---An Iranian newspaper says the
country's civil aviation authority is examining ways
to resume direct flights to and from the United
The yesterday report by pro-reform Shargh daily
quotes authority head Capt Hamid Reza Pahlavani
as saying his agency is ready to resume the flights
if there is agreement with the US.
He said such flights require agreement and co-
ordination from both countries.
On Monday, President Hassan Rouhani asked
aviation authorities to study the possibility of such
The moves reflect Iranian efforts to possibly build
on the groundbreaking exchanges with Washington
that included a telephone chat last week between
Rouhani and President Barack Obama.
Direct flights between the two countries halted
after the 1979 Islamic Revolution. Iran made efforts
to resume them in 2006 but did not succeed. (AP)
Egypt's interim government approved a
draft version of a law that would send to jail
anyone who disrespected the flag or refused
to stand during the playing of the national
The new law also would fine violators, The Blaze
The measure specifically states that "ridiculing
the Egyptian flag and not standing in respect when
the national anthem is played in public is a crime
punishable by a maximum of six months
imprisonment and/or ... a fine of about $726.
The law comes just days after Egypt's Ministry of
Education elected to ban all songs at schools
except for the national anthem.
---The Washington Times
Seymour Hersh, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist,
said all the details surrounding the US raid on Osama
bin Laden's compound that resulted in the terrorist
leader's death are completely false.
That whole story of US success is "one big lie," he said
in The Guardian.
"Not one word of it is true," he said, referring to the
narrative put forth by the Obama administration about
the bin Laden mission and about the al-Qaeda leader's
Hersh didn't specify or elaborate, but he is writing a
book about national security issues, The New York Post
reported. And one chapter is focused on the US Navy
SEALs' storming of the bin Laden compound in
Hersh even said that the report put out by the
Pakistani government about life in the compound was a
"The Pakistanis put out a report, don't get me going on
it," he said in the New York Post report. "Let's put it this
way---it was done with considerable American input. It's a
(expletive) report."---Washington Times
direct flights idea
Egypt: Stand during
national anthem or go to jail
Pulitzer winner: Bin
Laden raid 'one big lie'
The Palestinian Authority condemned
the Hamas government of the Gaza Strip
for refusing to allow 86 Palestinians to visit
Saudi Arabia to undertake the Hajj pilgrim-
age, the Palestinian Ma an News Agency
Hamas officials reportedly harassed and
confiscated the passports of 86 pilgrims at
the Rafah crossing into Egypt, the report said.
The Gaza Strip has been under an Israeli mil-
itary blockade since 2007, and the Rafah
crossing into Egypt is one of the few ways
in and out for many Palestinians there.
Muslims consider the Hajj pilgrimage to
Mecca at least once in a lifetime to be a right
of passage in their religion, Ma an News
Palestinian Authority Minister of Endow-
ment and Religious Affairs Mahmoud Hab-
bash called Hamas actions "oppressive."---
The Washington Times
Hamas prevents 86 Palestinians from going on Hajj
WASHINGTON---The female motorist who
led police on a chase through the heart of
Washington was hit by gunfire and pro-
nounced dead, said DC Police Chief Cathy
A US Capitol police officer injured during
a police chase between the White House and
the US Capitol "is going to be fine," officials
said yesterday evening. The officer is a 23-
A wild car chase yesterday that started
near the White House ended minutes later
in gunfire at the US Capitol, creating a chaotic
scene of blaring sirens, locked-down law-
makers and bystanders hitting the dirt.
Two people were hospitalised---the woman
who drove the two-door black car that sped
past iconic Washington landmarks and ran
red lights with police cruisers in pursuit, and
an officer in one of the police vehicles she
rammed in trying to get away.
A young child in the black car with the
woman appeared to be uninjured.
The dramatic events brought a swarm of
emergency vehicles to the Capitol complex
and caused Congress and surrounding offices
to be temporarily locked down.
House and Senate sessions were immedi-
ately suspended, with legislators ordered to
take cover and keep away from windows.
Police also closed Pennsylvania Avenue in
front of the White House.
CNN s Athena Jones, who was at a Senate
office building near the Capitol, said she heard
gunshots that sounded like fireworks.
The chase began when the woman driving
the black vehicle got involved in some kind
of verbal altercation with officers at a security
checkpoint a block from the White House,
an intelligence source told CNN.
As police cars arrived at the scene, the
black vehicle sped away and headed toward
the Capitol building.
Frank Schwing, a DC resident who was
near the front of the Capitol, said several
police vehicles stopped the black vehicle and
officers "came out with their guns drawn."
The armed officers tried to open the pas-
senger side door, he said.
"At that point, the driver slammed into
reverse, slammed into a cruiser, did a 180
(degree turn), took off, and at that point,
there were a half dozen or so shots fired,"
apparently all by small arms from police,
Schwing told CNN.
Video footage by other witnesses showed
the black vehicle then careening around a
nearby traffic circle with a police car in close
pursuit and then headed away. Shortly after-
ward, the black car crashed into security bar-
riers a few blocks, witnesses said.
The woman was shot several times in the
vehicle, sources told CNN, adding officers
were not aware at the time there was a child
According to multiple sources, there was
no reason so far to believe that the woman
fired any shots or even had a weapon.
A task force prepared to execute a search
warrant at her Connecticut home, law
enforcement sources said.
In Congress, a Capitol Police bulletin said
reports of gunshots required "all occupants
in all House office buildings to shelter in
"Close, lock and stay away from external
doors and windows," the bulletin said. Author-
ities later lifted the lockdown, with police
saying they believed the incident was isolated
with no connection to terrorism.
President Barack Obama was briefed on
the situation, which occurred on the third
day of a government shutdown due to a stale-
mate in Congress over government funding.
"The timing on this was really kind of
scary," said Republican Rep Blake Farenthold
of Texas. "Capitol Hill police are at a lower
personnel level because of the shutdown."
...woman shot dead in chase
Law enforcement personnel gather around a police vehicle that was involved in an incident
with another vehicle on Constitution Avenue on Capitol Hill. AP PHOTOS
People run after hearing shots fired.
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