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GEORGE TOWN---A 30-foot
sailboat with about 30
Cuban refugees aboard
docked in the Cayman Is-
lands on Sunday and passen-
gers said they were hoping to
The passengers told
Reuters they were from
Manzanillo in the south-
western province of Granma.
Ranging from teenagers to
retirees, passengers said they
decided to leave the island
because of economic condi-
tions in Cuba, and com-
plained that recent private
sector reforms had not been
as broadly implemented in
the eastern end of the island,
far from the capital, Havana.
They were provided with
supplies after landing in East
End, on the island of Grand
Cayman, and continued on
Under an agreement be-
tween Cuba and the Cayman
Islands signed more than a
decade ago, Cuban migrant
boats are allowed to pass
through Cayman waters as
long as they do not seek any
Cayman and Cuban offi-
cials are due to meet soon to
negotiate new terms of the
1999 migration agreement.
Saudi king orders
punishing jihadi fighters
RIYADH---Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah has
issued a royal decree that punishes citizens who
fight in conflicts outside the kingdom, with prison
sentences ranging from three to 20 years in jail.
The statement issued by the Saudi Royal Court
yesterday states that anyone who took part in acts
of killing outside the kingdom or joined extremist
terrorist groups or supported them materially or
verbally through incitement would also face
Syria's civil war has drawn young Saudis,
encouraged by influential clerics and community
members to fight President Bashar Assad's forces.
The royal court said the king's decree was issued
in accordance with Islamic law to protect Muslim
unity and security in Saudi Arabia.
The decree comes after a new counterterrorism
law came into effect in the kingdom Sunday. (AP)
UK's Cameron protects
soccer fans' World Cup pints
LONDON---British soccer fans: Your cups runneth
over. Prime Minister David Cameron has stepped in
to overrule a government department that said
bars couldn't stay open late during England's
opening match against Italy at the World Cup in
The British Beer and Pub Association had asked
for a nationwide extension to licensing hours for
the June 14 game, which starts at 11 pm British
Many British pubs close at 11 pm, though some
have licences to open later.
The Home Office said no, but Cameron tweeted
Monday: "I have ordered a rethink on pub opening
times for England's World Cup games."
The government can relax the rules on occasions
of "exceptional international, national or local
significance," as they did during the 2011 wedding
of Prince William and Kate Middleton. (AP)
Student kills teacher,
policeman in Moscow school
MOSCOW---A 10th-grade student armed with
two rifles burst into his Moscow school yesterday
and killed his geography teacher and a policeman
before being taken into custody, investigators said.
The boy's father played a key role in helping to free
students being held as hostages and prevent
further violence, the city police chief said.
None of the children in School No 263 at the
time were hurt, said Karina Sabitova, a police
spokeswoman at the scene. Some ran from the
building with their teachers without stopping to
put on their coats even though the temperature
was below freezing. The school in northeast
Moscow is for children in grades one through 11.
The student gunman also seriously wounded a
second police officer who had responded to an
alarm from the school, investigators said.
Such shootings in Russian schools are extremely
rare. The armed teenager entered the school after
threatening the security guard, who managed to
hit an alarm before following the student to his
classroom, the spokesman for Russia's main
investigative agency said.
"Without saying a word, he fired several shots at
the geography teacher," said Vladimir Markin,
spokesman for the Investigative Committee.
Markin said the student fired at least 11 times
from a small-calibre rifle, also killing a police officer
and wounding a second. He said investigators were
questioning the student, his classmates, school
staff and the security guard to try to determine
what had motivated him. The boy, who would be
about 16, was an excellent student, the spokesman
said. It was not immediately clear whether the
security guard had been armed. (AP)
Mandela 'left US$4m estate'
South Africa's former President Nelson Mandela
left an estate provisionally valued at 46m rand
(US$4.13m), the executors of his will have said.
The Mandela family trust will receive
US$130,000, plus royalties. Others to benefit
include the governing ANC, personal staff and
Mandela's third wife, Graca Machel, was likely to
waive her claims to the estate, the executors said,
although she is entitled to half of it. Mandela died
in December, aged 95.
The former president left behind an estate that
includes an upmarket house in Johannesburg, a
modest dwelling in his rural Eastern Cape home
province and royalties from book sales, including
his autobiography Long Walk to Freedom.
Executor Justice Dikgang Moseneke said he was
"not aware of any contest" to the 40-page will.
Nelson Mandela's bank account certainly did not
match his stature in the world. For all the respect
he enjoyed around the globe, he was not a rich
man. It was very much in line with his character
that he bequeathed funds to his staff and the
schools he attended.
He left an equitable will, giving US$300,000 to
each of his biological and step-children. These are
the ones Graca Machel had with her late husband,
former Mozambique President Samora Machel.
Deputy Chief Justice Dikgang Moseneke, who
read out the summary of the will, said it had gone
well but will readings tend to be emotionally
charged in most families.
Despite this, there are fears the will could set off
another round of squabbling among members of
his large and factious family. (BBC)
attempts won't hurt Israel
JERUSALEM---Prime Minister Benjamin
Netanyahu on Sunday dismissed warnings by US
Secretary of State John Kerry that Israel could be
targeted by a growing boycott campaign if peace
talks with the Palestinians fail.
Netanyahu tried to reassure Israelis, saying any
boycott attempts are immoral, unjust and "will not
achieve their goal," while two government
ministers accused Kerry of unfair pressure tactics
and not standing by Israel. Kerry's comments and
the aggrieved Israeli response led the main TV
news shows Sunday, signaling a growing concern
here that the world will use economic pressure to
A Palestinian-led campaign of boycott,
divestment and sanctions, launched in 2005, was
long considered by Israel as a minor nuisance.
However, recent warnings by Europe and by Israel's
own finance minister about potential damage from
a widening boycott have raised the level of concern.
A small but growing number of European
businesses and pension funds cut ties with Israeli
firms linked to settlements in the West Bank and
east Jerusalem, war-won lands the Palestinians
want for a state. Over the weekend, Denmark's
largest bank, Danske Bank, blacklisted Israel's Bank
Hapoalim because of links to settlement activity.
vowed yesterday to
press on with street ral-
lies aimed at ousting
Prime Minister Yingluck
Shinawatra after a dis-
rupted election failed to
cut a path through the
kingdom s political cri-
strators prevented voting
at thousands of polling
stations on Sunday, dis-
and prompting election
authorities to withhold
results until ballots are
cast in all constituencies,
without specifying when
that may be.
There is little sign of
an end to the deadlock,
with the ruling Puea Thai
party braced for court
challenges against the
poll as well as other legal
moves against Yingluck.
The premier s oppo-
nents say she is a mere
puppet for her elder
brother Thaksin, who
was ousted by the mil-
itary in 2006 and lives in
Dubai to avoid prison for
a corruption conviction.
Hundreds of protesters
began another march
across Bangkok yesterday
to raise support and
funds for their three
month campaign to top-
ple the government.
want Yingluck to step
down and make way for
an unelected "people s
council" to oversee
reforms to tackle corrup-
tion and alleged vote-
With no official figures
for voter turnout, both
sides claimed success in
the election, which
passed in relative peace
after a gunfight on Sat-
urday in a Bangkok sub-
urb stoked fears of seri-
ous clashes between the
A defiant ruling party
said ballots were cast by
more than half of the 44
million Thais who were
able to vote.
"That shows that half
of the population wants
democracy and wants a
parliament formed by the
Thailand s Election
Commission has said
10,000 out of nearly
94,000 polling stations
were unable to open,
affecting millions of peo-
ple, although it was
unclear how many had
planned to vote. (AFP)
Cuban boat people land in Cayman, headed for Honduras
Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra answers
questions from the press after voting at a polling
station Sunday (AFP)
vow no let up
Rescuers search for victims of the eruption of Mount Sinabung in Suka
Meriah, North Sumatra, Indonesia, Sunday. Mount Sinabung erupted
Saturday killing more than a dozen of people. AP PHOTO
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