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NIGERIA—Residents of a Nigerian
town faulted security forces for
responding slowly to the presence of
Boko Haram fighters who later
attacked, killing many people.
At least 50 bodies were recovered
from the debris of burned shops after
the town’s main market was attacked
Monday by the Islamic militants.
Gamboru resident Abuwar Masta
said the bodies were found after the
market reopened on Wednesday.
Health workers, volunteers and traders
searched for missing people. He said
most of the bodies were burned
beyond recognition. (AP)
Residents: 50 bodies found in Nigeria violence
BEIJING—China insisted yesterday it had
every right to drill for oil off Vietnam’s
coast and warned its neighbour to leave
the area around the deep-sea rig where
Chinese and Vietnamese ships are engaged
in a tense standoff.
With the ships jostling each other since
China deployed the rig last weekend in dis-
puted South China Sea waters, the United
States warned both sides to de-escalate ten-
sions and urged China to clarify its claims
to the territory.
The stalemate underlines the apparently
intractable nature of many of China’s ter-
ritorial disputes with its neighbours and the
ship standoff—with both sides accusing the
other of ramming ships—has raised the pos-
sibility of a conflict in the South China Sea’s
most serious incident in years.
The standoff started May 1 when China
moved a deep sea oil rig into waters close
to the Paracel Islands in what most analysts
believe was an especially assertive move to
help cement its claims of sovereignty over
the area. Vietnam, which says the islands
belong to it, immediately dispatched ships.
On Wednesday, Vietnam said Chinese
vessels had repeatedly rammed and fired
water cannons at its ships, damaging several
of them, and showed video footage of the
incidents. China insists it is doing nothing
wrong and said yesterday it had “maintained
a lot of restraint” in the face of “intensive
provocations” by Vietnam that were endan-
gering its personnel and property.
It has said it will continue with its drilling
activities while the area is typhoon-free in
May, June and July.
“It’s the Vietnamese vessels that are pro-
voking this issue. It’s the Vietnamese vessels
that are ramming into Chinese vessels,” said
Yi Xianliang, deputy director general of the
department of Boundary and Ocean Affairs
of China’s Foreign Ministry.
Yi said China’s operations in the waters
were “completely legal, legitimate and jus-
tified” because the waters were “China’s
inherent territory.” (AP)
BANGKOK—Thailand’s anti-graft commission
indicted ousted Prime Minister Yingluck Shi-
nawatra yesterday on charges of dereliction of
duty in overseeing a widely criticized rice subsidy
programme, a day after a court forced her from
Yingluck was accused of allowing the rice pro-
gramme, a flagship policy of her administration,
to proceed despite advice that it was potentially
wasteful and prone to corruption.
The National Anti-Corruption Commission’s
action had little immediate consequence following
Yingluck’s ouster from power a day earlier. But it
is likely to further poison a badly polarised political
atmosphere. Many of Yingluck’s supporters already
believe that the country’s conservative establishment
is bending the rules to take back power.
Rallies planned by Yingluck’s opponents for
Friday and her supporters for Saturday will be a
test of the political volatility.
The government lost billions of dollars on the
rice subsidy plan, which also cost Thailand its posi-
tion as the world’s leading rice exporter as the arti-
ficially high prices forced the government to stockpile
National Anti-Corruption Commission chief
Panthep Klanarongran said the commissioners
voted unanimously that there were enough grounds
to indict Yingluck.
They said Yingluck, as head of government and
in her capacity as chairwoman of the National Rice
Policy Committee, failed to cancel the rice subsidy
scheme despite learning it could pose a great risk
to the country’s fiscal status. (AP)
MANILA—Philippine authorities are investigating
whether 11 detained Chinese fishermen entered
the country’s waters illegally to catch endangered
turtles, police said yesterday, despite a Chinese
demand for their immediate release.
Police detained the fishermen and their boat,
which allegedly contained more than 350 green sea
turtles, in a disputed area called Half Moon Shoal,
sparking the latest spat between the Asian nations
in the increasingly volatile South China Sea.
China pressed the Philippine government to free
the fishermen and the boat, warning Manila yes-
terday not to take any more “provocative actions
so as to avoid further damage to bilateral relations.”
Asked if the Philippines would heed China’s
demand, national police chief Alan Purisima said
the fishermen will be investigated by an inter-
He said maritime police will increase security
patrols at Half Moon Shoal, called Hasa Hasa in
the Philippines. China claims the submerged coral
outcrop, 70 miles from the western Philippine
province of Palawan, belongs to it.“That is their
assertion,” Purisima told a news conference.
“Our assertion is, that it is ours, that it is Philippine
right to drill
Ousted Thai PM indicted
over rice subsidy scheme
Philippines ignores China
demand to free fishermen
Students react after learning that fellow students maintaining a camp near the United Nations headquarters, were arrested in a
pre-dawn raid, in Caracas, Venezuela, yesterday. Hundreds of security forces broke up four camps maintained by student
protesters, arresting more than 200 people. The camps, consisting of small tents, were installed more than a month ago in front of
the UN building and other anti-government strongholds in the capital to protest against President Nicolas Maduro’s government.
Mexican vigilantes dismiss spokesman
MEXICO CITY—Vigilantes in Mexico
say they have dismissed their chief
spokesman, after he used unusually
frank language to challenge President
Enrique Pena Nieto.
Vigilante leader Jose Manuel Mireles
had become the public face of the “self-
defence” movement in the western
state of Michoacan, where the coalition
of farmers, ranchers and labourers are
fighting the Knights Templar cartel.
Earlier this week Mireles posted a
video on social media sites challenging
Pena Nieto to a dialogue, using
colloquial language not usually directed
at the president. (AP)
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