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KIEV---Two European Union
ministers urged Ukraine yesterday
to stop "bluffing" and reach a deal
on the release of jailed former
Tymoshenko because time was
Polish Foreign Minister
Radoslaw Sikorski and Sweden s
Carl Bildt met Ukrainian president
Viktor Yanukovich amid a flurry
of diplomatic activity aimed at
nailing down a compromise on the
Tymoshenko row which threatens
the signing of landmark agree-
ments with the EU next month.
The 28-member bloc says the
opposition leader, Yanukovich s
fiercest opponent, was the victim
of a political trial when she was
jailed for seven years in 2011 for
abuse of office.
Her case has become symbolic
for the EU of "selective justice"
which the bloc wants ended in the
former Soviet republic before
agreements on association and free
trade are signed in Vilnius, Lithua-
nia, on November 28.
Though he badly wants the
agreements to cement a course of
Euro-integration, Yanukovich is
anxious to keep Tymoshenko out
of action as a political force, as he
prepares for the run-up to a re-
election bid in February 2015 and
has stalled over releasing her.
With pressure mounting on him,
he has now offered now to sign a
law to allow her to go to EU mem-
ber Germany for medical treatment
for spinal problems, if such a draft
were adopted by parliament.
But he has balked at a call by
European mediators to pardon her
and wipe out altogether her sen-
tence---something which opposi-
tion supporters of Tymoshenko
are still asking for.
Drafts of possible legislation
floated by pro-Yanukovich deputies
envisage her going to Germany
only as a convicted criminal and
returning to Ukraine to complete
her sentence after treatment.
As politicians from the ruling
Regions Party and the opposition
wrangled over a solution, the two
EU ministers, Sikorski and Bildt,
warned time was running out.
"The time for bluffing is over
on both sides now. It s time for
action," Sikorski said. (Reuters)
EU ministers urge
Ukraine to stop bluffing
Mexican army soldiers on duty for emergency relief stand next to villagers as
they watch workers reinforce a road with sandbags, not seen, in Acapulco,
Mexico, Monday. The area is on alert as Hurricane Raymond gained more
strength and threatened to hurl heavy rains onto a sodden region already
devastated by last month's Tropical Storm Manuel. AP PHOTO
weakened somewhat yesterday but
remained firmly planted just 85 miles
off Mexico s already storm-battered
Pacific coast, pumping rain into a
region that can t absorb much more.
Raymond was nearly stationary and
its winds had dropped to 105 mph,
making it a Category 2 hurricane, down
from Category 3 on Monday.
But stung by the tardy reaction to
the damage and deaths from last
month s Tropical Storm Manuel,
authorities were taking no chances.
Even if Raymond doesn t move inland,
it could still bring floods and mudslides
to an area reeling from more than $1.7
billion in damages and about 120 deaths
caused by Manuel.
The government of the Pacific coast
state of Guerrero moved hundreds of
people from isolated mountain com-
munities and low-lying shore areas.
More than 1,500 army troops were
moved into the area to be ready if need-
ed.Guerrero Gov Angel Aguirre urged
people to stay off the road yesterday
because of potentially dangerous rains.
"The phenomenon s behaviour is
completely erratic, completely unpre-
dictable," Aguirre said Monday night.
There were no reports of torrential
rains Tuesday, but sporadic rains fell
in some parts of the state and some
streets flooded in soaked Acapulco,
where city workers reinforced roads
with sand bags. About 400 people were
evacuated from hamlets around nearby
About 10,000 people in Guerrero
already were living away from their
homes a month after Manuel inundated
whole neighbourhoods and caused
landslides that buried much of one vil-
Mexicans evacuate as
hurricane weakens in Pacific
VATICAN CITY---The Vatican served
tea and cucumber sandwiches yester-
day as it launched its first cricket club,
an initiative aimed at forging ties with
teams of other faiths.
No, Pope Francis isn t taking up the
sport long associated with manicured
grounds and English nobility; the soc-
cer-mad "slum pope" still prefers the
lower-brow sport of his beloved San
But he and the Vatican have long
championed sports as good for mind,
body and soul, and the cricket club is
the latest initiative of the Vatican s cul-
ture ministry to use sports to engage
in dialogue with the contemporary
Australia s ambassador to the Holy
See, John McCarthy, was the brainchild
behind the initiative and said he hopes
the St Peter s Cricket Club will field a
team to play the Church of England at
Lord s sometime next fall.
He said the aim is to boost interfaith
dialogue, given cricket s immense pop-
ularity in largely non-Catholic India,
Pakistan and Bangladesh. It would be
a "very special occasion" if seminarians
from Rome s pontifical universities
might one day play students at Muslim
or Hindu religious schools on the sub-
continent, he said.
The initiative also is aimed at edu-
cating Italy, the Vatican and even Pope
Francis that "there is some sport other
than football" he said.
The club is expected to count on
some 250-300 students and priests at
the Vatican and various pontifical uni-
versities around Rome where cricket is
already being played informally. (AP)
Vatican fields cricket club
as sport, faith merge
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