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The International Court of Justice ruled
yesterday that Japan can no longer
continue its annual whale hunt, rejecting
the country's argument that it was for
"Japan shall revoke any extant
authorisation, permit or license granted in
relation to JARPA II, and refrain from
granting any further permits in pursuance
of that programme," the court said,
referring to the research programme.
Japan's fleet carries out an annual whale
hunt despite a worldwide moratorium,
taking advantage of a loophole in the law
that permits the killing of the mammals
for scientific research. Whale meat is
commonly available for consumption in
Each year, environmental groups such
as Sea Shepherd pursue the Japanese
hunters in an attempt to disrupt the
whaling. The resulting confrontations have
led to collisions of ships and the detention
The Australian government challenged
the Japanese whaling programme in the
International Court of Justice. (CNN)
UN court orders Japan to halt whale hunt
British submarine HMS Tireless has joined the hunt
for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370.
The Ministry of Defence said the Trafalgar class submarine
had arrived in the southern Indian Ocean and would help
search for the plane s black box recorder.
It will soon by joined by Royal Navy coastal survey ship
The aircraft disappeared with 239 people on board on
8 March while en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing.
Earlier yesterday, Air Chief Marshal Angus Houston, the
man co-ordinating the search from Australia, said the hunt
was the "most challenging" ever seen and could take weeks.
Several floating objects have been found in recent days,
but none is believed to belong to the missing plane.
Nuclear-powered submarine HMS Tireless was launched
on March 17, 1984 and holds a crew of 130, plus 18 officers.
The death toll in last month s massive landslide in
rural Washington state has risen to 27, up three from the
last count, the Snohomish County medical examiner s
office said yesterday.
That aligns with information authorities released a day
earlier, when three bodies were discovered in the 640-acre
debris field left after the landslide in Snohomish County.
Authorities have not been immediately adding newly dis-
covered bodies to the official toll, instead waiting until
they are identified and their families notified.
Twenty-two people are still missing, down from 30 on
Monday, authorities said.
Authorities so far have released the names of 19 victims,
ranging in age from four months to 71 years.
On March 22, a rain-saturated hillside along the north
fork of the Stillaguamish River gave way, sending a square-
mile rush of wet earth and rock into the outskirts of the
town of Oso in Washington s North Cascade Mountains.
A top Venezuelan military
commander says the security
forces have retaken control of
the streets in the western city
of San Cristobal.
Many of the city s roads had
been blocked by barricades
erected as part of anti-govern-
The wave of demonstrations,
which started in San Cristobal
almost two months ago, has
since spread to the capital,
Caracas, and other cities.
At least 39 people have been
killed in protest-related vio-
The head of the National
Armed Forces Strategic Oper-
ational Command, Gen
Vladimir Padrino, said the
police and the National Guard
had "ended the curfew
imposed by terrorists".
Gen Padrino said no one had
been hurt in the operation to
clear the barricades in avenues
Carabobo, Ferrero Tamayo and
The governor of Tachira
state, where San Cristobal is
located, welcomed the opera-
Governor Jose Vielma Mora
of the governing PSUV party
said that "the best present we
can give to San Cristobal is the
return of our children to school
and of our good people to
The mayor of San Cristobal,
Daniel Ceballos of the oppo-
sition Popular Will party, was
removed from office and sen-
tenced last week to 12 months
in prison for failing to order
the removal of the barricades.
Venezuela s Supreme Court
ruled that Ceballos had not
only failed to guarantee public
order but had lent his support
to groups engaging in violent
The current wave of unrest
started in San Cristobal on Feb-
ruary 4, when students took
to the streets to protest against
the alleged attempted rape of
a university student.
After the arrest of dozens of
student leaders, the protests
spread to Caracas and were
joined by Venezuelans disgrun-
tled by the country s high
homicide rate, skyrocketing
inflation and frequent short-
ages of staple foods.
There have been almost daily
demonstrations since, mainly
in San Cristobal and Caracas,
but also in other cities, such
as Valencia and Merida. (BBC)
Bolivarian National Police advance to break up a protest in the Altamira neighbourhood of Caracas, Venezuela, Monday. Anti-
government protests against high crime, inflation and shortages of basic goods began in mid-February. AP PHOTO
'clear' protest city
joins search for
toll rises to 27
Randi Ray, daughter of Oso Community Chapel's pastor
Gary Ray, and Gary's daughter-in-law Molly Ray, right, put
up yellow ribbons around the Chapel grounds on Sunday,
before their 10 am service. AP PHOTO
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