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The UN has called for an inquiry after
a boat carrying migrants capsized while
being towed by a Greek coastguard
vessel, leaving up to 12 dead.
Two bodies were found but a further
10 people were missing after the
incident near the island of Farmakonisi
on Monday. Sixteen people were rescued.
The coastguard says it judged it safer
to keep migrants on their own boat than
to take them aboard in bad weather.
Greek officials say panicking migrants
caused the boat to capsize themselves.
According to reports, two migrants fell
or dived overboard and others rushed to
one side of the boat to rescue them,
causing the boat to tip.
The deaths of a woman and a child
have been confirmed.
One non-government organisation, Pro
Asyl, accused the Greek authorities of
trying illegally to prevent the migrants,
believed to be 26 Afghans and two
Syrians, landing in Greece. ---BBC
UN calls for inquiry after migrants' boat capsizes
A new video of Toronto Mayor, Rob Ford, emerged
yesterday showing him swearing and slurring his
words while apparently trying to imitate a Jamaican
In the video---one of two new ones that have been
posted on YouTube---Ford is shown in a fast food
restaurant rambling and talking about police surveil-
lance and calling police chief Bill Blair a derogatory
Ford, who said in November that he quit drinking,
said outside his office Tuesday that he drank on
Monday night "a little bit" and acknowledged it was
him in the video. When asked if he also did drugs,
Ford said no.
"I was with some friends and what I do in my
personal life with my personal friends, that s up to
me," Ford said. "It really has nothing to do with you
guys." Ford said he did not think the language he
used was offensive or discriminatory.
"It s how I speak with some of my friends," he
said. The video is titled "New Video of Toronto Mayor
Rob Ford Drunk, Swearing in Jamaican Patois?"
"Chase me around for five months," the mayor
says in the video. Leave me alone and then try and
tell me, we re counter-surveilling the guy. He s hiding
here, I m hiding here. Oh, we don t know?" he says
before rambling incoherently. (AP)
KIEV---At least four people have been
shot dead and hundreds injured as
demonstrators clash with police over new
laws limiting the right to protest in
Ukraine, the head of the protest move-
ment s volunteer medical service, Oleg
Musiy said yesterday
Ukraine s Interior Ministry earlier said
it was investigating a death, the circum-
stances of which are not clear. Local media
reports suggest the man may have fallen
from a statue or monument.
In a statement yesterday, US State
Department spokeswoman Marie Harf con-
demned the growing violence, particularly
against journalists and peaceful protest-
"Increased tensions in Ukraine are a
direct consequence of the Ukrainian gov-
ernment s failure to engage in real dialogue
and the passage of anti-democratic legis-
lation on January 16," Harf said. "We urge
the Government of Ukraine to take steps
that represent a better way forward for
Ukraine, including repeal of the anti-demo-
cratic legislation and beginning a national
dialogue with the political opposition."
The leaders of three opposition factions
met with President Viktor Yanukovych and
a government working group yesterday to
try to resolve the crisis, the President s
official Web site said.
Vitali Klitschko, leader of the UDAR
party accused Yanukovych s government
of having the blood of protesters on its
"We did not receive any answers,"
Klitschko told demonstrators after the
meeting, referring to calls for snap elections
and the resignation of the government.
"When we talked about cancelling the new
laws that make each of us here a criminal,
we heard that maybe this can be a point
of negotiations. I will be with the people.
If I have to fight, I will fight. If I have to
go under bullets, I will. I will stand up for
the people, because I want to live in a dif-
He added, amid the chants of supporters:
"If tomorrow the President does not make
a step forward, we will attack."
Demonstrators have been rallying in the
snowy streets since the weekend in protest
against the laws that went into effect yes-
Televised images showed ongoing clashes
between police and protesters who ve
massed around barricades on Hrushevsko-
ho Street, near the burned-out shells of
The clashes are an escalation of weeks
of largely peaceful public protests prompted
by Yanukovych s decision in November to
spurn a planned trade deal with the Euro-
pean Union and turn toward Russia
Toronto Mayor spits
words after drinking
In this photo taken January 16, a new 29.5-foot
sculpture of Nelson Mandela, has a barely visible
sculpted rabbit tucked inside one of the bronze
ears. The statue is billed as the biggest statue of
the South African leader. Officials want the
miniature bunny removed from the statue, which
was unveiled outside the government complex in
Pretoria, the capital, on December 16, a day after
Mandela's funeral. AP PHOTO
After first killings in protest...
sets 24-hour deadline
An Orthodox priest tries to stop a clash between protesters and the police in the centre of Kiev, yesterday. Clashes turned violent
yesterday with four people reported being killed. AFP PHOTO
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