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Justin Bieber has been arrested in Miami accused
of driving under the influence of alcohol, marijuana
and prescription drugs.
Miami Beach Police said the Canadian pop star
was detained after racing on a street early yesterday.
Police said he did not co-operate when pulled over
and was also charged with resisting arrest without
violence and having an expired driving licence. He
later appeared in court and was granted bail set at
The 19-year-old has had several run-ins with
police in recent years. The arrest comes a week after
his home in Los Angeles was searched by police
following allegations he had thrown eggs at his
neighbour's house. He was accused of causing
significant damage to the property. One member of
his entourage was arrested for alleged drug
possession following the search. In the latest
incident, police said the singer had been driving a
yellow Lamborghini when he was arrested in the
early hours of yesterday.---BBC
These police booking mugs made
available by the Miami Dade County
Corrections Department show pop star
Justin Bieber, yesterday. AP PHOTO
Justin Bieber arrested for 'drunk road racing'
South Sudan s government and rebels have signed
a ceasefire agreement after talks in Ethiopia.
Under the deal, signed in a hotel in the Ethiopian
capital Addis Ababa, the fighting is due to come to an
end within 24 hours.
In the past week, government forces have recaptured
the two main cities under rebel control.
More than 500,000 people have been forced from
their homes during the month-long conflict.
"These two agreements are the ingredients to create
an environment for achieving a total peace in my coun-
try," said Taban Deng, head of the rebel delegation,
AFP reports. However, the South Sudanese government
has expressed scepticism over whether the opposition
will be able to control all the militias involved in fight-
ing.The talks have now been adjourned and are due to
continue on February 7.
The agreement is thought to address the issue of
11 detainees whom the rebels wanted freed, and whose
fate had previously left the talks deadlocked.---BBC
BANGKOK---Park rangers in Thailand have found
the body of an American tourist who was apparently
trampled to death by elephants in a reserve outside
Bangkok, police said yesterday.
The woman went missing January 13 in Thailand s
Kaeng Krachan National Park in the western province
She was found crumpled in the woods five days
later, after a 70-person search team was deployed,
and the severity of the injuries indicated she was
likely trampled to death. "Her arms, her wrists and
other parts of the body were broken, so we assumed
she was trampled by elephants because no humans
could have caused such powerful damage to the
body," police said. The woman, who was in her 20s,
was travelling alone when she left a camping ground
in the park. (AP)
VATICAN CITY---The Internet is a "gift from God"
that facilitates communication, Pope Francis said in
a statement released yesterday, but he warns that
the obsessive desire to stay connected can actually
isolate people from their friends and family.
Francis made the observations in a message about
Catholic Church communications, meditating on the
marvels and perils of the digital era and what that
means for the faithful going out into the world and
interacting with people of different faiths and back-
grounds. "To (have a) dialogue means to believe that
the other has something worthwhile to say, and to
entertain his or her point of view and perspective,"
Francis wrote. "Engaging in dialogue does not mean
renouncing our own ideas and traditions, but the pre-
tence that they alone are valid and absolute." (AP)
KIEV---Enraged protesters stormed gov-
ernment offices in three western Ukraine
cities yesterday, forcing one governor to
write a letter of resignation, as demon-
strations against the pro-Russian pres-
ident and his allies intensified outside
the smoldering capital.
Kiev, the capital, has been the epicentre
of two months of protests against President
Viktor Yanukovych that have grown
increasingly violent this week. Opposition
leaders had given Yanukovych a deadline
of yesterday evening to make concessions
or face renewed clashes there, and they
quenched the barricade fires that had
coated the capital in black smoke in a ten-
The president responded by calling a
special session of parliament next week
to discuss the tensions, telling the parlia-
ment speaker: "The situation demands
an urgent settlement." But there was no
indication that the move represented a
compromise, since the president s backers
hold a majority of seats.
At least two protesters died Wednesday
of gunshot wounds, a grim escalation that
also galvanized anger in western Ukraine,
where support for Yanukovych is virtually
non-existent and most residents want
closer ties to the 28-nation EU.
In Lviv, a city in near the Polish border
280 miles west of Kiev, hundreds of
activists burst into the office of regional
governor Oleh Salo, a Yanukovych
appointee, shouting "Revolution!" and
singing Christmas carols.
After surrounding him and forcing him
to sign a resignation letter, an activist
ripped it out of Salo s hands and lifted it
up to the cheers and applause of the crowd.
Meanwhile, hundreds of protesters
smashed windows, broke doors and
stormed into the governor s office in the
city of Rivne, shouting "Down with the
gang!---a common reference to
Yanukovych s government. Once inside,
they sang the national anthem.
Angry crowds also besieged government
offices in two other western regions.
The Interior Ministry said Thursday
that 73 people have been detained, 52 of
whom are being investigated for "mass
riots"---a new criminal charge that carries
a prison sentence of up to eight years.
Protesters and police were locked in a tense standoff yesterday after ferocious clashes that
turned an area of central Kiev into a virtual war zone, with police using tear gas, stun
grenades and rubber bullets against protesters hurling stones and Molotov cocktails.
...forces one to resign
China blocks Web
sites after story about
The Web sites of several major news out-
lets, including the CBC, have been blocked
in locations within China following yester-
day s worldwide exposés on how close rel-
atives of current and former Communist
leaders have used secretive offshore corpo-
rations that help shroud wealth.
At first only this story about offshore hold-
ings by China s elite was blocked, but later
the entire CBC News Web site couldn t be
The CBC s entire web site as well as those
of the Guardian, Spanish newspaper El Pais
and French daily Le Monde were all unavail-
able in Beijing as of Wednesday.
The CBC s news story about the exposé,
but not its entire Web site, was being blocked
as early as the night before.
The Web site of the International Consor-
tium of Investigative Journalists, which spear-
headed the international joint investigation
and obtained the leaked documents on which
it was based, was also mostly unavailable.
Other news sites that did not prominently
report the story, such as CNN and the BBC s
main news page, were still viewable. However,
a BBC story that mentioned the offshore dis-
closures was blocked.
"The authorities are not prepared to let
that information be public," Fred Bild, Cana-
da s former ambassador to Beijing, said in an
interview last week anticipating what the
Chinese government s reaction would be to
The news outlets reports included details
of a real estate company co-owned by Chinese
President Xi Jingping s brother-in-law, as
well as British Virgin Islands corporations set
up by former premier Wen Jiabao s son and
son-in-law, plus dozens of more cases of
people tied to high-level officials.
A wide array of Chinese nationals were
found to be using offshore havens, including
relatives of at least five current or former
members of China s Politburo Standing Com-
mittee, the all-powerful group of seven (for-
merly nine) men who run the Communist
Party and the country.
Sometimes the offshore accounts were for
business purposes tied to the state entities
they run, such as for direct foreign invest-
ments in Latin America, where Chinese com-
panies have been expanding operations for
years. But in many cases, the offshore shell
corporations set up by Chinese nationals
seemed to have no connection to state indus-
tries and are shrouded in questions that they
refused to answer.
The discovery could incense ordinary cit-
izens in China, where senior Communist offi-
cials used to enjoy a modestly better living
but nothing close to the extravagant wealth
required to stash money offshore, Bild said.
South Sudan rivals sign
Thai police: US tourist
likely killed by elephants
Pope: Internet is
a 'gift from God'
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