Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : April 10th 2014 Contents The Italian navy said it rescued more
than 1,000 migrants from several
overcrowded boats in the Mediterranean
between Tuesday and yesterday morning.
The migrants, who included women and
children, had set off from the North
African coast and were not equipped with
life jackets, the navy said.
They are now being taken by ship to the
port of Augusta, on Italy's Mediterranean
island of Sicily.
On Tuesday, three other navy ships
disembarked 1,049 more migrants rescued
since Monday in the ports of Augusta and
Pozzallo, also in Sicily, the navy said.
Italy is a major gateway into Europe for
migrants who come by sea from North
Africa in hope of reaching EU soil.
Despite the dangers, migrants keep
coming. Some are from African nations,
particularly Eritrea and Somalia, while
others have fled war-torn Syria, officials
say. According to the European border
agency Frontex, more than 12,000 illegal
migrants were detected off Sicily and
8,000 off Lampedusa in the third quarter
of last year. (CNN)
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Italian navy rescues 1,000 migrants in a day
old boy with a "blank expres-
sion" stabbed and slashed 19
students and a police officer in
the crowded halls of his sub-
urban Pittsburgh high school
yesterday before an assistant
principal tackled him.
At least five students were
critically wounded, including a
boy who was on a ventilator
after a knife pierced his liver,
missing his heart and aorta by
only millimetres, doctors said.
The rampage---which came
after years in which US schools
have geared much of their emer-
gency planning toward mass
shootings, not stabbings---set
off a screaming stampede, left
blood on the floor and walls,
and brought teachers rushing to
help the victims.
The motive was under inves-
Police didn t immediately
release the name of the suspect,
who was taken into custody and
treated for a minor hand wound.
The attack unfolded just min-
utes before the start of classes
at 1,200-student Franklin
Regional High School. Police
said it was over in just minutes.
Witnesses said the boy with
the knives at first tackled a
freshman and stabbed him in
the belly, then got up and ran
wildly down the hall, slashing
Nate Moore, 15, said he saw
the first attack and was going
to try to break it up when the
boy got up and slashed his face,
requiring 11 stitches.
"It was really fast. It felt like
he hit me with a wet rag because
I felt the blood splash on my
face. It spurted up on my fore-
head," he said.
The attacker "had the same
expression on his face that he
has every day, which was the
freakiest part," Moore said. "He
wasn t saying anything. He
didn t have any anger on his
face. It was just a blank expres-
Doctors said they expected all
the victims to survive, despite
large and deep puncture wounds
to the abdomen in some cases.
The wounded campus police
officer was released.
Authorities credited an assis-
tant principal with subduing
the assailant, though they did
not describe the end of the
attack in detail. Students iden-
tified the assistant principal as
Public safety and school offi-
cials said an emergency plan
worked as well as could be
expected. The district conducted
an emergency exercise three
months ago and a full-scale drill
about a year ago. (AP)
20 hurt in school
Parents and students embrace along School Road near Franklin
Regional High School after more than a dozen students were
stabbed by a knife wielding suspect at the school on yesterday, in
Murrysville, Pennsylvania, near Pittsburgh. AP PHOTO
TORONTO---A former employee of a human
resources software company stabbed four of the
company s workers with scissors at a Toronto office
building before being subdued, officials said yes-
Toronto police Det Dan Darnbrough said employees
held the man before police arrived. Darnbrough said
two of the four are in serious condition. A 32-year-
old woman and three men between the ages of 35
and 45 were injured, he said.
Ceridian, a global payroll and human resources
company based in Bloomington, Minnesota, said four
of its employees were attacked by a former employee.
Ceridian said the four are being treated in hospital.
Darnbrough said the man, approximately 45-years
old, is in custody, following the stabbing on the fifth
floor of the building. Police said they believe the sus-
pect used a knife.
Television footage showed police putting a hand-
cuffed man, wearing a bloodied shirt, into a police
car. The man turned his head while in the backseat
and said hello to a TV camera pointed at him. (AP)
Four stabbed at
Canada office building
MEXICO CITY---About a dozen Honduran migrants
missing legs and arms after falling off of or being
pushed from trains during clandestine journeys
through Mexico are asking the Mexican government
to protect them from criminal gangs.
The migrants say that criminals frequently beat,
stab or push them from moving trains during their
journeys through Mexico to the United States.
The leader of the Association of Disabled Returning
Migrants says group members hope to meet with
President Enrique Pena Nieto to discuss their
Association leader Jose Luis Hernandez said yes-
terday that they believe railway employees help crim-
inals board the trains to assault migrants. (AP)
ask for safe passage
Part of an art collection confiscated because it
may contain pieces looted by the Nazis is being
returned to its owner, prosecutors in the German
town of Augsburg said yesterday.
Prosecutors said they had returned the seized col-
lection to Cornelius Gurlitt, who inherited the almost
priceless artworks from his father, in light of new
Their statement came two days after news of a
deal between Gurlitt, Germany s cultural authorities
and the Bavarian Justice Ministry under which he
agreed to allow research into the origins of suspected
cases of looted or so-called "degenerate" art.
Under the deal, works owned by Gurlitt which are
not under suspicion can be returned to him. Those
suspected of being stolen will be held securely while
a task force investigates their provenance---and will
be returned to their original Jewish owners or their
descendants if a claim is proven. (CNN)
returned after deal
A bird's eye view
shelters in an area
recently occupied by
squatters, in Rio de
of people have laid
claim to a compound of
buildings owned by the
company Oi, and
settlement after the
Telerj. Authorities are
squatters to leave
peacefully from the
area they have
occupied for more than
a week. AP PHOTO
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