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BERLIN---Germany is advising its
citizens to leave Ukraine's troubled
east and south, citing increasing
tension in the region and risks of
being detained by anti-government
The Foreign Ministry made the
recommendation in updated travel
advice on its Web site yesterday.
It said recent developments
suggest that "media representatives
face a particular danger of being held
or arrested by separatist forces."
Germany: Citizens should leave east, south Ukraine ISLAMABAD---Pakistan's health
minister says officials are scrambling to
meet new international travel restrictions
aimed at preventing the spread of polio.
The WHO has declared the spread of
polio an international public health
emergency and identified Pakistan, Syria
and Cameroon as having allowed the
virus to spread beyond their borders. It
recommended that those three
governments require citizens to obtain a
certificate proving they have been
vaccinated for polio before travelling
Pakistan bracing for polio travel restrictions
TORONTO---The mystery of Toronto mayor Rob
Ford's whereabouts has deepened, following reports
that Ford did not enter the United States via Chicago
last week, as expected.
His lawyer said last week that the mayor had left
Toronto for rehab after another video surfaced that ap-
peared to show Ford smoking a crack pipe. The lawyer,
Dennis Morris, said Ford's plane was headed for
But Roy Norton, the Consul General of Canada in
Chicago, is telling The Globe and Mail that Ford volun-
tarily withdrew his application to enter the US when he
landed and was "not denied entry, per se."
Morris and Doug Ford, Rob's brother, declined to
comment on the Globe's report, but insisted yesterday
to AP that the mayor is in rehab. (AP)
Mystery of Toronto
NIGERIA---More girls have been
kidnapped in Nigeria, village res-
idents reported, saying that
armed men in vehicles abducted
eight from Warabe village, which
is in the north-east of the coun-
try.Residents said the gunmen
moved from door to door late
Sunday and took the girls, who
are between 12 and 15 years old.
The latest abductions come
amid international outcry over
the April 14 kidnapping of hun-
dreds of girls by the Islamist mil-
itant group Boko Haram.
Yesterday the United Nations
human rights chief blasted Boko
Haram and sent a stern warning
to the terrorist organisation that
US officials say is trained by al
Qaeda affiliates. Under interna-
tional law, slavery and sexual
slavery are "crimes against
humanity," she said, according to
a statement from Rupert Colville,
the spokesman for UN High
Commissioner for Human Rights
"The girls must be immediately
returned, unharmed, to their fam-
ilies," the statement urged.
Since Pillay visited Nigeria this
year, Boko Haram s actions have
"grown increasingly monstrous,"
the statement said.
A man claiming to be the
group s leader, Abubakar Shekau,
appeared Monday in a video
announcing he would sell his vic-
tims. The video was first obtained
by Agence-France Presse.
"I abducted your girls. I will
sell them in the market, by Allah,"
he said, according to a CNN
translation from the local Hausa
language. "There is a market for
selling humans. Allah says I
should sell. He commands me to
sell. I will sell women. I sell
Boko Haram s name means
"Western education is sin." In the
nearly hourlong, rambling video,
Shekau repeatedly called for an
end to Western education.
"Girls, you should go and get
married," he said.
Pillay has contacted Nigerian
President Goodluck Jonathan and
urged the government to take all
necessary measures to ensure that
the girls are freed, her statement
The kidnapping has sparked
international outrage, much of it
expressed on Twitter with the
globally trending hashtag #Bring-
8 more girls
Fahima Abdi of Somalia, from left, and Sadiyah Bashir, join a rally in front of the
Nigerian embassy in northwest Washington, yesterday, protesting the
kidnapping of nearly 300 teenage schoolgirls, abducted from a school in the
remote northeast of Nigeria three weeks ago. AP PHOTO
Survivors receive food donations near the site of Friday's landslide that buried Abi Barik village in
Badakhshan province, northeastern Afghanistan. Authorities have struggled to get aid to the
survivors who were displaced from their homes. Abi Barik is reachable only by a dirt road, which has
been made messier by the ongoing rain. AP PHOTO
AFGHANISTAN---A police official
says police opened fire into the air
to disperse a crowd that had rushed
toward a truck carrying aid for vic-
tims of a massive landslide last
week in north-eastern Afghanistan.
Provincial chief of police Fazilud-
din Hayar said no one was wounded
in the incident yesterday.
In Associated Press video footage
of the incident, the sound of rapid
gunfire could be heard as people hid.
Hundreds of people died in the land-
slide last Friday in the remote village
of Abi Barik.
Officials have struggled to get aid
to the survivors who were displaced
from their homes. Many villagers
have complained that aid has been
slow to come while officials have
said that villagers from nearby areas
have also been coming to the village
to get the handouts. (AP)
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LA PAZ---A popular Bolivian mayor has had to make
a televised apology for grabbing the thigh of a woman
during a broadcast event.
Santa Cruz mayor Percy Fernandez expressed "an-
guish for this mess that's been created," and said he
had not intended to offend journalist Mercedes Guz-
man. He did not specifically apologise for touching her.
Television images show Guzman struggling visibly
to lift the mayor's hand from her thigh during a public
Bolivia mayor apologises
for grabbing woman on TV
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