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ADDIS ABABA---Ethiopian police have
used force to disperse hundreds of people
protesting against targeted attacks on
Ethiopians in Saudi Arabia.
Police units yesterday blocked roads to
prevent the protest at Saudi Arabia
Embassy from growing. Some two dozen
people were detained.
The police forced some journalists to
delete photos. The government's
spokesman, Shimelis Kemal, wasn't
immediately available for comment.
One protester, Asfaw Michael, who was
beaten, said he didn't understand why
Ethiopia wanted to shield Saudi Arabia
from the protest. Many foreign workers in
Saudi Arabia are fleeing or are under
arrest amid a crackdown on the kingdom's
nine million migrant labourers. Close to
500 Ethiopians have been repatriated.
Last weekend, Saudi residents fought
with Ethiopians. Video emerged of a
crowd dragging an Ethiopian from his
house and beating him. (AP)
Ethiopian police crackdown on anti-Saudi protest
COLOMBO---Sri Lanka faced international
scrutiny over its human rights record yes-
terday as it opened the Commonwealth
summit with a dazzling display of dancers,
giant spinning pinwheels and 56 elephants.
But the spectacle couldn t distract from boy-
cotts by the leaders of Canada and India,
while Britain s prime minister made a fact-
finding mission to the country s war-torn
The Commonwealth has been harshly crit-
icised for holding the three-day summit in
this Indian Ocean country after its government
repeatedly refused to allow independent inves-
tigations into alleged war crimes and rights
abuses during and after a 27-year civil war.
Recent reports of media harassment and rights
abuses have also raised alarms.
President Mahinda Rajapaksa, who together
with his brothers has controlled the Buddhist
Sinhalese-majority nation since 2005, insists
his army has committed no abuses and the
courts and other institutions are handling
He invoked Buddha in his opening speech
with a quote that appeared to gently chastise
nations questioning Sri Lanka s commitment
to democracy and human rights.
"Pay no attention to the faults of others,
things done or left undone by others. Consider
only what by oneself is done or left undone,"
he said, speaking briefly in Sinhala. He also
warned against the Commonwealth turning
into a "punitive or judgmental body."
The Commonwealth organisation and other
leaders have defended the meeting as a way
to engage Sri Lanka on the issues, particularly
the call for an independent war crimes inves-
British Prime Minister David Cameron
travelled yesterday into northern areas that
saw the worst of the fighting, in which the
rebels sought an independent Tamil home-
land. He met with the region s leader in the
main city of Jaffna, as well as editors of a
newspaper still targeted in attacks.
He also met with displaced civilians still
living in a camp four years after the end of
the war. Many of their homes and lands are
still occupied by the military or designated
as high security zones.
"There is the problem of human rights as
we speak today: the people who have disap-
peared, the lack of free rights for journalists
and a free press," Cameron told reporters.
British Prime Minister David Cameron greets villagers of Internally displaced people's camp at
Chunnakam village, in Jaffna, northern Sri Lanka, yesterday. Cameron Friday travelled into
northern areas that saw the worst of the war between soldiers and ethnic Tamil rebels
fighting for a homeland. AP PHOTO
TORONTO---Toronto s City Council voted over-
whelmingly yesterday to strip Mayor Rob Ford of
some of his powers, trying to box in the brash leader
who has rebuffed huge pressure to resign over his
drinking and drug habits and erratic behaviour.
The motion, approved in a 39-3 vote, suspends
Ford s authority to appoint and dismiss the deputy
mayor and his executive committee, which runs the
budget process. In a separate vote, the council voted
to give the deputy mayor authority to handle any
Most city councilors are frustrated by Ford s refusal
to step aside since he admitted last week to smoking
crack, but they lack the authority to force him out
of office unless he is convicted of a crime.
An unusually subdued Ford vowed to fight the
motion in court while also saying he understood why
the council was taking the measures. Such comments
mixing defiance and contriteness have been typical
of the mayor throughout the scandal that has been
escalating for months. (AP)
strips Mayor Rob
Ford of powers
Toronto Mayor Rob Ford displays a milk moustache
as he takes part in voting with city council members
in Toronto on Thursday. AP PHOTO
PHILIPPINES---People swept dirt from
the pews and wiped clean the mud-
covered, ornate tile floors of a church.
The sound of hammers hitting nails
and the buzzing of chain saws rever-
berated in the streets. Debris was piled
on corners and set ablaze.
And amid all this activity, a stream
of bodies continued their final journey
toward a hillside mass grave where nearly
170 had been buried by yesterday after-
One week after Typhoon Haiyan razed
the eastern part of the Philippines, killing
thousands and leaving at least 600,000
homeless, resilient residents of the dis-
aster zone were rebuilding their lives
and those of their neighbours.
An international aid effort gathered
steam, highlighted by the helicopter
drops conducted from the American air-
craft carrier USS George Washington.
But the storm victims moved ahead---
with or without help from their gov-
ernment or foreign aid groups.
Peter Degrido, a coast guard reserve,
was one of the 35 workers trying to move
an overturned passenger bus from a road
leading to the airport in Guiuan, a town
on Samar island. They hitched the bus
to a truck with steel cables and made
slow progress. Ahead of them lay many
downed electricity poles that must be
"We re clearing debris from the roads
leading to the airport and the port so
that relief goods and medicine can arrive
faster," Degrido said. "It s devastating
to see this. But people are slowly recov-
At 6 am, Dionesio de la Cruz was
hammering together a bed, using scav-
enged rusty nails. He has already built
a temporary shelter out of the remains
of his house in Guiuan, about 100 miles
from Leyte s devastated capital of
"Temporary," he shrugs, referring to
the house and their status. "We re on
our own, so we have to do this on our
own," the 40-year-old said as his wife
and mother slept on a nearby table.
"We re not expecting anybody to come
and help us."
In signs that relief efforts were picking
up, US Navy helicopters flew sorties
from the USS George Washington off
the coast, dropping water and food to
isolated communities. So far, the US
military has moved 190 tons of supplies
and flown nearly 200 sorties. (AP)
host faces scrutiny
A passenger fell out of small plane and plummeted
into the water in Miami s Biscayne Bay today, police
The plane was flying at 1,800 feet at the time.
Air traffic control received a "mayday" call around
1.30 pm ET when the Piper PA 46 was flying roughly
eight miles southeast of Tamiami Executive Airport.
"Mayday! Mayday! Mayday! I have a door ajar and
I m heading toward Tamiami," the pilot told air traffic
control. "I have a door ajar and a passenger that fell
down. I m six miles from Tamiami."
"You said you ve got a passenger that fell out of
your plane?" the air traffic controller asks the pilot.
"That s correct, sir. He opened the backdoor and
he just fell out the plane," said the unidentified pilot.
Divers with the Miami-Dade police department
are searching the area where the man is believed to
have fallen into the water. (ABC News)
Passenger falls out of
plane off Florida coast
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