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Venezuela's president has said he
has proof that Monday's massive
power cut in the capital Caracas and
other cities was caused by "right-wing"
Appearing on state TV, Nicolas
Maduro showed a picture of what
looked like a cut conductor cable.
He said the saboteurs' aim was to
destabilise the country ahead of local
elections scheduled for this weekend.
Caracas' metro ground to a halt and
people had to be led out of shops and
offices---but power was later restored.
Government opponents say poor
maintenance was the likely cause of
Power cuts are common in
Venezuela, especially in the inland
states, but they rarely affect the
Speaking on state TV, Maduro said
that "we always face these attacks by
the right-wing fascists".
"They wanted to make me, as
president of the republic, decree a
state of emergency and suspend the
Maduro: Venezuela's power cut was 'sabotage'
A truck carrying medical radioactive
material has been stolen in Mexico, the
UN s nuclear watchdog says.
Mexico told the International Atomic
Energy Agency (IAEA) that the truck was
carrying a "dangerous radioactive source"
used for cancer treatments when it was
stolen on Monday.
The radiotherapy source was being taken
from a hospital in the northern city of
Tijuana to a waste storage centre.
It was stolen near the capital, Mexico
Mexico s Nuclear Security Commission
said that at the time of the theft, the cobalt-
60 teletherapy source was "properly shield-
ed".But the commission warned it could be
"extremely dangerous to a person if
removed from the shielding, or if it was
Local media reported that the truck, a
2.5-tonne Volkswagen Worker, was stolen
by armed men at a petrol station in Tepo-
jaco, on the outskirts of Mexico City on
Mexican police are currently conducting
a search for the truck and its contents and
have issued a press release to alert the
public of its potential dangers.
Experts have long warned about the dan-
ger posed by radioactive material used for
medical treatments and research in hos-
PARIS---French President Francois Hol-
lande has acknowledged having prostate
surgery a year before he was elected, but
his office says his health is now fine.
The admission is sensitive because Hol-
lande s political mentor, former President
Francois Mitterrand, kept the French public
in the dark for years during his presidency
about the prostate cancer that eventually
Hollande, 59, issued a statement yester-
day saying that he was hospitalised for a
few days in February 2011 for benign
prostate hyperplasia, or enlargement. The
statement didn t provide further details
about the operation, and said that no further
medical attention was needed.
Hollande has published clean health
records twice since his election.
Prostate enlargement is fairly common
in older men and doesn t necessarily
increase chances of cancer. (AP)
Truck with medical
'stolen in Mexico'
admits to past
Kiev---Russia called for "stability
and order" in neighbouring Ukraine
yesterday as thousands of protesters
kept up their demonstrations
against the government in Kiev.
Speaking to a visiting Ukrainian
delegation in Russia, prime minister
Dmitry Medvedev told Ukrainian
deputy prime minister Yuriy Boyko
that Moscow was watching the
events that have plunged its neigh-
bour, whom he called an important
strategic partner to Russia, into a
"We re watching what s happening
in your country. It s an internal affair
of Ukraine, though it s really impor-
tant to have stability and order there,"
he said, according to Russian news
agency RIA Novosti.
Thousands of demonstrators kept
up the pressure on the Ukrainian
government yesterday, tightening
their blockade of key Cabinet offices,
angry about its U-turn away from
integration with Europe.
In the biggest protests since
Ukraine s Orange Revolution nine
years ago, they have also stayed put
in the main Independence Square as
they demand new elections.
Prime minister Mykola Azarov,
who survived an opposition bid to
topple his government in parliament
Tuesday, has called for a peaceful
resolution to the crisis.
"We are open to dialogue, we are
ready to discuss with peaceful
demonstrators all terms of our agree-
ments," he told parliament Tuesday,
according to a government website.
Azarov said he was extending his
hand to the opposition but warned
that he was working from a position
of strength: "If we find a fist, I say
frankly, we have enough forces."
Azarov said the government is
supported by most Ukrainians, who
want the government to restore order
"and continue the course to dem-
ocratic transformation, to European
But opposition leaders Vitaly
Klitschko and Arseniy Yatsenyuk
have called on president Viktor
Yanukovich, currently on a trip to
China, to sack the prime minister
and his government by executive
order. Klitschko, who gained fame
as a boxer, vowed that the opposition
would make sure its demands were
met. Among those demands was for
someone to be held responsible for
the violence against the demonstra-
tors, he said.
Since the weekend, tens of thou-
sands of protesters have been
descending on the capital s Inde-
pendence Square to voice their anger,
and demonstrations show no signs
of abating. (AP)
Russia calls for 'stability
and order' in Ukraine
Maria, a doctor from Kiev, attends a rally in downtown Kiev, Ukraine,
yesterday. The Ukrainian government showed no sign of yielding yesterday
as thousands of people continued to rally in Kiev against the decision to
freeze ties with the European Union and get closer to Russia. AP PHOTO
In this image made available Tuesday, Harrison
Odjegba Okene looks in awe as a rescue diver
surfaces into the air pocket which kept him alive
for nearly three days, recorded by the diver's
headcam video. AP PHOTO
South Africa s ail-
ing first black presi-
dent Nelson Mandela
is putting up a coura-
geous fight from his
She told national
broadcaster SABC that
icon was "still with us,
"Even for a lack of
a better word...on his
deathbed he is teach-
ing us lessons---lessons
in patience, in love,
lessons of tolerance,"
Mr Mandela, 95, is
He was discharged
from hospital in Sep-
tember after being
treated for nearly three
months for a recurring
Mr Mandela is
widely respected for
his role in fighting
racism in South Africa,
and for forgiving his
former white captors
after his release from
prison in 1990.
Last month, Mr
Mandela s ex-wife
Mandela said he was
no longer talking
"because of all the
tubes that are in his
mouth to clear (fluid
from) the lungs".
The South African
presidency has repeat-
edly described Mr
Mandela s condition
as critical but stable.
NIGERIA---Entombed at the
bottom of the Atlantic Ocean
in an upended tugboat for
three days, Harrison Odjegba
Okene begged God for a mir-
The Nigerian cook survived
by breathing an ever-dwin-
dling supply of oxygen in an
air pocket. As the temperature
dropped to freezing, Okene,
dressed only in boxer shorts,
recited the last psalm his wife
had sent by text message,
sometimes called the Prayer
for Deliverance: "Oh God, by
your name, save me...The
Lord sustains my life."
To this day, Okene believes
his rescue after 72 hours
underwater at a depth of 30
metres (about 100 feet) is a
sign of divine deliverance. The
other 11 seaman aboard the
Jascon 4 died.
On the video, there s an
exclamation of fear and shock
from Okene s rescuer, and
then joy as the realisation sets
in. Okene recalls hearing:
"There s a survivor! He s
Man survives 3 days
at bottom of Atlantic
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