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surrounded the arraignment yesterday of
three murder suspects who police say
used a helicopter to break out of a Quebec
prison. The men were later arrested over
the weekend while hiding out in a luxury
condominium. Yves Denis, 35, Denis
Lefebvre, 53, and Serge Pomerleau, 49,
looked weary in the prisoners' dock as
they were charged with escaping lawful
custody and prison breach. The men were
facing murder and gangsterism charges
before the jailbreak. Police say a helicopter
plucked the three men from a courtyard of
the Orsainville Detention Centre in
suburban Quebec City on June 7,
triggering an international manhunt.
Interpol placed them on its list of the
world's most wanted fugitives.
The men were found in a condo in Old
Montreal on Sunday.
The men were swept up in a major 2010
police operation called Project Crayfish,
aimed at bringing down a drug trafficking
ring in northwestern Quebec. Denis was
charged with first-degree murder, while
Lefebvre and Pomerleau were charged
with murder and conspiracy to murder,
according to the Quebec provincial police
Their trial on these charges, which
started in April, is still continuing. (AP)
3 Quebec helicopter escapees appear in court
Dutch fans head for the Arena Corinthians soccer stadium to watch the Netherlands play Chile for Group B
of the 2014 World Cup in Sao Paulo, yesterday. Netherlands won 2-0. REUTERS
KUALA LUMPUR---Malaysia s top
court yesterday upheld a govern-
ment ban forbidding non-Mus-
lims from using "Allah" to refer
to God, rejecting an appeal by the
Roman Catholic Church that
argued that the ban failed to con-
sider the rights of minorities in
the mostly Muslim nation.
The Federal Court ruled in a 4-
3 decision that the church s news-
paper has no grounds to appeal a
lower court decision last year that
kept it from using "Allah" in its
Malay-language weekly publica-
tion. Allah is the Arabic word for
God and commonly used in the
Malay language to refer to God.
The government says Allah
should be reserved exclusively for
Muslims---who make up nearly
two-thirds of the country s 29 mil-
lion people---because if other reli-
gions use it that could confuse
Muslims and lead them to convert.
Christian representatives deny this,
saying that Christians, many of
whom live on Borneo island, have
long used the word to refer to God
in their Bibles and songs before
authorities sought to enforce the
ban in recent years.
"We are disappointed. The four
judges who denied us the right to
appeal did not touch on funda-
mental basic rights of minorities?,"
said Rev Lawrence Andrew, editor
of the Catholic newspaper, The
Court: Allah for
ate for a flutter during
a junta crackdown on
gambling at home,
Thais are making a
beeline for casinos in
a seedy Cambodian
has already been del-
uged by migrants also
fleeing the kingdom.
For over a decade
Poipet, a scruffy, vice-
ridden frontier town
studded with casinos
and online gambling
booths, has lured cus-
tomers from neigh-
where betting is all but
Casino staff in
Poipet told AFP the
chips have been chang-
ing hands at an unusu-
ally fast rate since the
Thai army seized
power across the bor-
der on May 22.
A junta blitz on
organised crime has
seen raids on under-
ground casinos, dozens
of arrests and access to
a number of online
gambling sites blocked.
In its get-tough
message to illegal gam-
blers---and any local
officials caught in
cahoots with casino
rulers cited the need
"to safeguard the pub-
lic and uphold social
The warning brought
a boon to Poipet s card
tables, slot machines
and 24-hour online
gaming booths---key for
live betting on World
Cup football matches
being played in Brazil.
"We cannot play
these games in Thai-
land now," 32-year-old
Nan told AFP as she
laid a 100 Thai baht
($3) stake at a baccarat
table at the Crown
Resort Casino. (AFP)
US Secretary of State John Kerry has vowed
"intense and sustained support" for Iraq after
meeting key politicians in the capital, Baghdad.
He said attacks by Sunni militants were a threat
to Iraq s existence, and the next days and weeks
would be critical.
The insurgents are expanding their control of
towns in the north and west.
They are bearing down on a vital dam near
Haditha, and have captured all of the border cross-
ings to Syria and Jordan from government forces.
The key airport in the northern town of Tal Afar
has also fallen, with some reports saying the town
itself has been captured.
Heavily armed Iraqi troops are protecting the
dam near Haditha. Its destruction would damage
the nation s electricity grid. Residents told BBC
Arabic that rebels had surrounded the town but
had not yet entered it.
An Iraqi military spokesman said that hundreds
of Iraqi soldiers had been killed by Sunni Arab mil-
itants in the offensive that began with the capture
of the second city of Mosul on 9 June.
The secretary of state said later at the US embassy:
"The support will be intense, sustained, and if Iraq s
leaders take the steps needed to bring the country
together it will be effective."
He said the US support would "allow Iraqi security
forces to confront (Isis) more effectively and in a
way that respects Iraq s sovereignty".
Kerry said Iraq s leaders faced a "moment of
He said: "Iraq faces an existential threat and
Iraq s leaders have to meet that threat. The very
future of Iraq depends on choices that will be made
in the next days and weeks and the future of Iraq
depends primarily on the ability of Iraq s leaders
to come together and take a stand, united against
(Isis). Not next week, not next month, but now."
GENEVA---Syria has shipped out the last of its
known stocks of chemical weapons for destruction
overseas, the international agency overseeing the
programme announced yesterday.
But the agency cautiously stopped short of pro-
nouncing Syria free of all chemical weapons and
said verification work was not complete.
After weeks of delay, Syria delivered the final
stocks of the more than 1,300 tons of chemical
agents it had declared to the port of Latakia, where
they were loaded aboard a Danish vessel that left
yesterday afternoon, said Ahmet Uzumcu, director
general of the agency, the Organization for the Pro-
hibition of Chemical Weapons.
"The declared chemical weapons have left Syria,"
he said at a news conference at OPCW headquarters
in The Hague, but he made clear that his organ-
isation could not say categorically that Syria no
longer possessed any chemical weapons.
US vows 'intense
support' to counter Isis
Last of Syria's chemical
arms shipped abroad
An Egyptian court yesterday
convicted three journalists from
Al-Jazeera English, including an
Egyptian-Canadian, and sen-
tenced them to seven years in
prison each on terrorism-related
charges in a case that has brought
an outcry from human rights
The sentences were handed
down against Egyptian-Canadian
acting Cairo bureau chief
Mohamed Fahmy, Australian cor-
respondent Peter Greste and
Egyptian producer Baher
Mohamed, who also received an
extra three years in prison on sep-
"They just ruined a family," said
Fahmy s brother Adel, who was
attending the session. He said they
would appeal the verdict but added
that he had little faith in the sys-
tem. "Everything is corrupt," he
said. The judge also handed 10-
year sentences to two British jour-
nalists and a Dutch journalist who
were not in Egypt and being tried
Greste, Fahmy and Mohammed
were arrested in December in a
raid on the Cairo hotel room they
were using as an office, as part of
a sweeping crackdown on Islamist
supporters of ousted President
They were accused of support-
ing Morsi s Muslim Brotherhood,
which the authorities have
declared a terrorist organisation.
Egypt jails journalists for 7 years
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