Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : July 8th 2014 Contents UKRAINE---Three bridges on
key roads leading into the
Ukrainian city of Donetsk were
blown up yesterday---an appar-
ent attempt to slow down any
possible assault by govern-
ment forces on the rebel-held
Separatist fighters driven out
of Slovyansk and other eastern
towns by the Ukrainian army
over the weekend had
regrouped in Donetsk, a city of
one million where pro-Russia
rebels have declared independ-
ence as the Donetsk People s
Pavel Gubarev, the region s
self-described governor, had
promised "real partisan war
around the whole perimeter of
Donetsk" before thousands of
supporters at a rally Sunday.
Battles between Ukrainian
forces and pro-Russia sepa-
ratists have left over 400 people
dead and thousands homeless
since they began in early April.
The insurgents control the
regional administration building
in Donetsk and checkpoints on
the city s outskirts. They also
face little internal resistance
from police forces or govern-
ment officials in the city, who
have done nothing in recent
months to hinder their free
movement around Donetsk.
But it is unclear whether they
will be able to put up major
resistance in the face of a
Ukrainian military attack. (AP)
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Two "Torrestrella" fighting bulls fall on Estafeta corner during the running of the bulls at the San Fermin festival, in Pamplona, Spain,
yesterday. Revellers from around the world come to Pamplona every year to take part in some of the eight days of the running of the
bulls glorified by Ernest Hemingway's 1926 novel The Sun Also Rises. One person was gored as thousands of thrill-seekers tested
their bravery and speed by dashing with fighting bulls through the streets of the northern Spanish city. AP PHOTO
Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama has made a
renewed call for Buddhists in Myanmar and Sri Lanka
to cease violence towards the countries' Muslim mi-
norities, in an address delivered on his 79th birthday.
Speaking before tens of thousands of Buddhists,
including Hollywood actor Richard Gere, the exiled
Buddhist leader implored the faithful in the majority-
Buddhist countries to refrain from such attacks.
"I urge the Buddhists in these countries to imagine
an image of Buddha before they commit such a
crime," he said in the Indian town of Leh.
"Buddha preaches love and compassion. Stop vio-
lence against Muslims." (CNN)
ISLAMABAD---The father of a pregnant Pakistani
woman who was stoned to death and four other men
have been charged with killing her after she married
against the family's wishes and their trial was set to
begin yesterday, police said.
Farzana Parveen, 25, was killed May 27 before a
crowd of onlookers near a downtown courthouse in the
eastern city of Lahore. A mob beat her with bricks and
killed her as she was on her way to court to contest an
abduction case her family had filed against her husband.
A Pakistani court indicted her father, two brothers, a
cousin and a man who claimed he had been married to
Parveen on charges of murder and torture on Saturday.
All five men pleaded not guilty, according to Mian Zul-
fiqar, the police investigator. (AP)
Dalai Lama to Buddhists:
Stop violence against Muslims
Dozens of people were shot across Chicago over the
Fourth of July holiday weekend---some by police offi-
cers---CNN affiliates WGN, WLS and WBBM reported.
The stations reported at least 11 were killed and at
least 50 others were injured in Chicago shootings since
In 2013, 12 people died and 75 were injured during the
four-day Independence Day holiday, WLS reported.
Chicago police said officers shot five suspects from
Friday to Saturday, killing two of them. They did not re-
lease details about the other reported shootings.
Police spokesman Martin Maloney said the city will
continue a summer programme to flood high-violence
areas with police, according to the reports.
Pakistan: 5 indicted in
woman's stoning death
Dozens shot in Chicago
over holiday weekend
Cars queue to drive under a destroyed railroad bridge over a main road leading into the east Ukraine
city of Donetsk, near the village of Novobakhmutivka, north of the city of Donetsk, eastern Ukraine
yesterday. AP PHOTO
Bridges blown up
to block govt forces
The Australian government s attempt
to return 153 asylum seekers to Sri Lanka
has been blocked by the high court.
The move comes after Australia confirmed
yesterday it had returned 41 people to Sri
Lanka after screening their asylum claims at
sea on Sunday.
Politicians and rights campaigners say the
asylum seekers, who include Tamils, could
face persecution back home.
Australia s Prime Minister Tony Abbott
has promised to get tough with refugees.
The interim injunction will prevent the
Australian government from returning the
153 asylum seekers until today, when the
matter is set to be heard in the high court.
Immigration Minister Scott Morrison
acknowledged yesterday that a boatload of
41 people had been handed back to Sri Lanka,
while not commenting on the fate of a second
boat reportedly carrying about 150 people.
He said they were transferred at sea just
outside the Sri Lankan port of Batticaloa on
Sunday. "All persons intercepted and returned
were subjected to an enhanced screening
process," he said.
The government says only four of those
returned on Sunday were Tamils.
Sri Lanka has said that those returned
would be charged with leaving the country
illegally and those found guilty would face
Sri Lanka has been under heavy interna-
tional pressure over alleged human rights
violations during the final phase of the war
against Tamil separatists, which ended in
Rights groups say Tamils still face violence
at the hands of the military. (BBC)
Australia court blocks migrants' return to Sri Lanka
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