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ipinos and Vietnamese resi-
dents in the Philippine
capital staged a joint protest
yesterday against China s in-
cursions into South China
Sea territories claimed by
Chanting "China get out,"
more than 100 Filipinos and
Vietnamese picketed the
Chinese consulate carrying
banners, including one that
urged Manila and Hanoi to
"join hands" against Beijing.
China claims virtually the
entire South China Sea, a
busy sea lane and fishing
ground atop what is believed
to be rich oil and gas reserves.
Chinese and Vietnamese
ships have been locked in a
standoff since early this
month after Beijing deployed
an oil rig near the Paracel Is-
lands claimed by Hanoi.
Anti-China protests in Viet-
nam have turned violent,
killing at least one Chinese
worker at a Taiwanese steel
mill. Manila has also
protested Chinese land recla-
mation on a reef that it says is
Walden Bello said the pro-
testers were denouncing Bei-
jing s moves as provocative.
Police tear-gas Turkey
SOMA---Turkish police fired tear gas and water
cannons yesterday at thousands of protesters in the
eastern town of Soma, where some 300 miners died
on Tuesday. The demonstrators in the town shouted
The protest occurred after the mine operators held a
news conference to deny any negligence over the
disaster. There have been angry anti-government
rallies across Turkey for the last three days over what
has become the country's worst-ever mine disaster.
An explosion sent carbon monoxide gas into the
mine's tunnels while 787 miners were underground.
Up to 18 are still missing. Another 363 escaped, while
122 are injured.
Several thousand demonstrators gathered in the
centre of Soma yesterday, shouting "People of Soma,
show your solidarity with the miners."
They scattered into side streets as police intervened.
NEW DELHI---India s opposition leader,
Narendra Modi, swept into power as prime
minister-elect yesterday, as voters delivered
a crushing verdict on the corruption scan-
dals and flagging economic growth that
have plagued their country in recent years.
In a victory speech in Vadodara, the city
in Gujarat state where he won his own par-
liamentary seat in a landslide, Modi
addressed a wild, chanting crowd shortly
after the Indian National Congress, which
has headed India s government for nearly
all of its postcolonial history, conceded
"Brothers and sisters, you have faith in
me, and I have faith in you," Modi said, in
remarks that were interrupted several times
by the crowd chanting his name.
"We have the capacity to fulfil the com-
mon man s aspirations."
The contours of the victory by Modi s
Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party
and the defeat of the Congress party
became clear even before election officials
finished counting the 550 million votes
cast in the five-week general elections.
After two hours of counting, the BJP,
as it is known, was assured of winning
more than 272 seats, enough to form a
government without brokering a coalition
deal with any of India s fractious regional
leaders. That would give Modi the strongest
mandate of any Indian leader since Rajiv
Gandhi took office in 1984, riding the wave
of sympathy that followed the assassination
of his mother, Indira Gandhi.
The celebrations of Modi s triumph
began while the counting was still under
way. Drummers, stilt-walkers and women
in colourful saris converged at BJP head-
quarters in Delhi, where party workers had
laid out 100,000 laddoos, the ball-shaped
sweets that are ubiquitous at Indian cel-
Rahul Gandhi, the heir apparent to the
political dynasty that has formed the Con-
gress party s backbone, appeared to have
only narrowly won re-election in his home
constituency yesterday. (New York Times)
retreat in east Ukraine
UKRAINE---Local patrols by steelworkers have
forced pro-Russia insurgents to pull out of the
government buildings they had seized in this city in
eastern Ukraine, giving residents hope yesterday
that a wave of anarchy was over.
Mariupol is the second-largest city in Ukraine's
eastern Donetsk region---one of two regions that
declared independence Monday from the central
government in Kiev. Citizen patrols began here
earlier this week as Rinat Akhmetov, Ukraine's
richest man, urged steelworkers at his factories to
help police restore order.
Akhmetov's company, Metinvest, agreed with
steel plant directors, police and community leaders
Thursday to help improve security in the city and
get insurgents to vacate the buildings they had
"(Locals are) tired of war and chaos. Burglaries
and marauding have to stop," said Viktor Gusak, one
of the Metinvest employees cleaning the street.
Filipinos, Vietnamese hold anti-China protest
BJP supporters celebrate the party's winning preliminary result
outside their office in Gauhati, India, yesterday. Opposition
leader Narendra Modi and his party won national elections in a
landslide, driving the long-dominant Congress party out of
power in the most commanding victory India has seen in more
than a quarter century. AP PHOTO
Opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Narendra Modi sits with his 90-year-old
mother Hiraben during a visit to seek her blessings after preliminary results showed his
party winning by a landslide, in Gandhinagar, in the western Indian state of Gujarat,
yesterday. AP PHOTO
A member of the Bosnian army carries a boy
rescued from his home, during floods, in the
Bosnian town of Maglaj, 150 kms north of
Sarajevo, yesterday. Two people drowned in
Serbia and the country declared a national
emergency Thursday as rain-swollen rivers across
the Balkans flooded roads and bridges, shut down
schools and cut off power. AP PHOTO
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