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ZIMBABWE---President Robert Mugabe
of Zimbabwe, who turns 90 next month,
says he doesn t have a secret for longevi-
ty.Mugabe said yesterday at the funeral of
his sister Bridget that he doesn t know why
he is alive and that it is "all in God s hands."
The longtime leader, who has outlived
his five siblings, was addressing family
members, ruling party loyalists and tradi-
tional chiefs at the funeral in Zvimba, west
of the capital, Harare.
His sister Bridget was 78 years old and
had been critically ill for several years. (AP)
Zimbabwe: Mugabe says life in 'God's hands' Pakistan polio workers shot dead
Three polio workers have been
killed in the southern Pakistani city
of Karachi, a day after authorities
began a new vaccination drive, offi-
Reports say gunmen opened fire in
the Qayumabad area, killing one man
and two women administering polio
drops. No group has claimed respon-
sibility, but the Taliban oppose the polio
schemes, which they see as a cover for
international espionage. (BBC)
BANGKOK---Thailand s gov-
ernment yesterday declared a
state of emergency in Bangkok
and surrounding areas to cope
with protests that have stirred
up violent attacks, adding to
the country s monthslong
sense of crisis.
Labour Minister Chalerm
Yubumrung announced that the
measure will continue for 60
days. He did not announce any
The decree greatly expands
the power of security forces to
issue orders and search, arrest
and detain people, with limited
judicial and parliamentary over-
sight. The areas covered had
already been placed under
under the country s Internal
The state of emergency fol-
lows increasing attacks at protest
sites for which the government
and the protesters blame each
other. These include grenades
thrown in daylight and drive-
by shootings. On Sunday, 28
people were wounded when two
grenades were tossed at one of
several protest sites set up at
key Bangkok intersections.
Prime Minister Yingluck Shi-
nawatra said she has emphasised
that every officer in a newly
established emergency center
under the decree "must work
with patience and exercise cau-
"We have repeated that we
will take care of the situation
according to international prac-
tices, which is something we
have always said. Primarily, we
have to use the principle of
negotiation first," she said.
"Is it right for them to use
the emergency decree to declare
a state of emergency to come
and deal with us? Come and get
us," he declared to an enthusi-
astic crowd of hundreds at a
park in downtown Bangkok.
The protesters have been
demanding Yingluck s resigna-
tion to make way for an
appointed government to imple-
ment reforms to fight corrup-
tion. Yingluck called elections
for February 2 but the protesters
are insisting they not be held.
state of emergency
Protesters continued to main-
tain a presence at the road lead-
ing to the Ukrainian parliament
after a second night of clashes.
Russia s Foreign Minister Sergei
Lavrov has warned that protests
in Ukraine are "getting out of
He described violent clashes
between anti-government pro-
testers and police as "scary" and
accused EU politicians of stirring
up the situation.
Yesterday saw an uneasy
standoff on the street of the cap-
ital after a second consecutive
night of clashes.
Young men threw fireworks
and petrol bombs at police
guarding the road leading up to
the Ukrainian parliament.
Protesters have been camped
out in Kiev since late November,
angered by the government s turn
to Moscow and its rejection of a
planned treaty with the EU.
Lavrov s warning came after
Ukrainian President Viktor
Yanukovych on Monday cau-
tioned that the violence threat-
ened the country s stability.
Warning that the "situation is
getting out of control", Lavrov
added: "We have information
that much of this is being stim-
ulated from abroad," and con-
demned the violence as a "com-
plete violation of European
standards of behaviour". (BBC)
The death of the wife of Indian minister Shashi
Tharoor may have been caused by an overdose
of drugs, doctors who carried out the autopsy
Sunanda Pushkar was found in a hotel room in
the Indian capital, Delhi, on Friday.
The couple became embroiled in a row on
Wednesday after Twitter messages suggested he
was having an affair.
The autopsy also found "injury marks" on Ms
Pushkar s body, but did not say if they were linked
to her death. (BBC)
India's Shashi Tharoor
wife 'overdosed on drugs'
CARACAS---President Nicolas Maduro has a
new villain as he campaigns to bring down
Venezuela s spiraling crime: TV soap operas. He
accuses the telenovelas of spreading "anti-values"
to young people by glamorising violence, guns
The criticism follows attacks last year by Maduro
on violent video games and the Hollywood movie
It s unclear whether the government will take
steps to restrict programming or impose harsher
rules on telenovelas, which are hugely popular
across Latin America. (AP)
soap operas for crime
BEIJING---Chinese police seized almost 60,000
suspects involved in intellectual property
infringement cases with a total estimated value
of 173 billion yuan ($28 billion) in 2013, state
media reported yesterday.
More than 90 million tons of counterfeit and
substandard goods were confiscated last year, and
1,260 criminal networks smashed.
Gao also said that during a campaign against
the sale of fake drugs online, police seized a record
300 million pills worth 2.2 billion yuan ($360 mil-
China seizes 60,000
Russia: Ukraine getting 'out of control'
their way through
yesterday in New
Square. A storm
across the mid
and New England.
said the storm
could bring 8 to 12
inches of snow to
New York City,
and more than a
foot in Boston.
Bitterly cold air
with wind chills
as low as ten
zero was forecast.
Romanian PM: Probe
delay in finding plane
BUCHAREST---Romania s prime minister
ordered an inquiry amid growing public anger
yesterday into why it took authorities hours to
locate a plane that crashed into trees on a remote
mountain, delaying the arrival of medical help.
Two people later died.
The plane was transporting medics from
Bucharest to western Romania to harvest organs
for transplant when it came down. All seven on
board initially survived the landing, but sustained
serious injuries. (AP)
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