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									                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     ARAB TIMES, MONDAY, AUGUST 13, 2012
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Troops recover weapons: Nigerian
troops recovered weapons in raids on sus-
pected Boko Haram bases in two northern
cities, officials said Saturday.
   A raid in Tudun Bayero, some 10 kms
from Kano, northern Nigeria’s largest city,
was carried out early Saturday after a tip-
off, Kano State director of State Security
Service (SSS) Basil Etang told AFP.
                          He said items recov-
                      ered included 33 impro-
                      vised explosive devices,
                      nine rifles, 139 rounds
                      of ammunition, ammo-
                      nia fertiliser and nitric
                          “We also discovered
                      some military uniforms
                      being used by the terror-
                      ist elements to commit
                      their crimes”, he said,
     Jonathan         adding that three sus-
                      pects were arrested.
   The raid in Kano came two days after
another cache was discovered in Maiduguri,
another hotbed of the Islamists, where four
AK-47 assault rifles, a machine gun and
ammunition was recovered, another securi-
ty official said.
   Nigerian soldiers have stepped up their
crackdown on members of Boko Haram
which launched an uprising in 2009 which
was brutally put down, leaving hundreds
dead. Nigerian President is Goodluck
   The group has killed more than 1,400
people since 2010 in attacks across northern
and central Nigeria, according to a new toll
released this week by Human Rights Watch.
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Gabon opposition leader back:
Gabon’s main opposition leader Andre Mba
Obame arrived in Libreville Saturday after
14 months in France, saying the
International Criminal Court would look
into a 2009 “massacre” at Port-Gentil.
   Obame, leader of the now outlawed
National Union (UN) party who claimed to                                                     Hundreds of traditional Mexican music dancers (also inset) perform during a festival in Guadalajara, Mexico, on Aug 11. (AFP)
have won the last presidential election, was
greeted by up to 3,000 supporters on his                                                                                                                                                                                                      Lecheria.
return after his long absence for “health rea-                                                                                                                                                                                                   Another suspect, identified as Roger Del
sons”.                                                                                                                 Cuba                                                                                                                   Valle Rendon, 45, was arrested in nearby
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Puerto la Cruz. Rendon, who has admitted
   He was not bothered by the authorities
and went from the airport to his home                                                                                                                                                                                                         participating in the murder, was
although his followers had feared police                                                                                                                                                                                                      Wolnerman’s driver and the “direct author”
action and even the arrest of their leader                                                                                                                                                                                                    of the crime, police said.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Wolnerman, who lived in Venezuela
upon arrival.
   He told his backers: “The ICC will soon
                                                                                                                              Exile fireworks light up Havana horizon                                                                         since 2005, had decided to sell his pent-
announce that it will send an inquiry here                                                                                                                                                                                                    house, car and motorboat and move to the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Dominican Republic with his butler,
because people were massacred at Port-
Gentil. They were thrown out of helicop-
   Some 60 people were killed at the west-
                                                                                                      Show displays lights of freedom                                                                                                         according to the investigation. (AFP)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              ❑     ❑      ❑

ern city in 2009 after the contested election                                                         HAVANA, Aug 12, (Agencies):                                                                                                             Subway shutdown enters 8th day:
                                                                                                                                                out to laugh and canoodle on the              for the Cuban people in terms of                There was still no exit Saturday in the
win by Ali Bongo Ondimba, Obame said,                                                                 Red, white and gold balls of light        seawall, and families queued up for           access,” he said.                               weeklong subway strike in Argentina’s cap-
“and they (authorities) said ‘it’s nothing’.                                                          shimmered low on the horizon off          sizzling barbecue chicken.                       Cuba blames its creaky Internet              ital, where a million commuters are caught
But the ICC is coming, the ICC is at our                                                              Havana’s seafront Malecon boule-                                                        on Washington’s 50-year-old eco-
doors.”                                                                                                                                            One young girl cried out the col-                                                          in the middle of a power struggle between
                                                                                                      vard Saturday night in a maritime         ors of the fireworks as they explod-          nomic embargo. Sanchez said his                 President Cristina Fernandez and Buenos
   An official toll said three people were
killed in riots after the elections, but the                                                          fireworks display launched by             ed: “yellow!” ‘’white!” and                   group has organized 26 flotillas                Aires Mayor Mauricio Macri.
                                                                                                      Cuban exiles hoping to inspire            “green!” Like similar previous dis-           since 1996 including a similar fire-                                       The strike began
opposition has challenged the figures.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Aug. 3 with workers
   Obame, a former loyalist who turned to                                                             protest.                                  plays, the fireworks did not elicit           works show last December to mark
                                                                                                         The fireworks were clearly visi-                                                                                                                             demanding a 28 per-
the opposition after the death of Omar                                                                                                          any discernible protest from                  International Human Rights Day,                                         cent pay increase to
Bongo in 2009, also called for a national                                                             ble from the coast and lasted about       Havana residents.                             and another one in March when                                           match inflation. The
conference to prevent further violence.           Freestyle     motorcyclists  perform                an hour. People who saw it said              But the shows are an irritation for        Pope Benedict XVI visited the                                           problem is the politi-
   “We are calling for a sovereign national       tricks during the city’s annual sum-                they were mystified by its origin.
conference,” he declared. “It’s the only way                                                                                                    the Communist-run government,                 island. A second show planned for                                       cians can’t even agree
                                                  mer festival in Bogota, Colombia, on                   “It’s curious, because you don’t       which considers them provocative,             later during the pontiff’s visit was                                    on who is running the
to get the country out of the crisis without                   Aug 11. (AP)                           see that often on the Malecon,” said                                                                                                                            system let alone where
bloodshed.”                                                                                                                                     subversive and even potentially               called off due to high seas.
                                                                                                      Jose Antonio Camejo, who was                                                               Sanchez said the group does not                                      the money should
   The Gabonese president’s office rejected                                                                                                     dangerous. Cuban officials did not                                                                                    come from.
the proposal, saying: “Gabon is not a coun-                                                           fishing for red snapper from the          respond to requests for comment,              accept any government money and
                                                                                                      seawall along with family mem-                                                                                                                                     The national gov-
try in crisis, there is no social crisis, no                                                                                                    but have criticized Washington in             holds fundraisers to finance its                                        ernment tried to trans-
political crisis, no constitutional crisis. A                                                         bers.                                     the past for not blocking the                 activities. A sympathetic provider                                      fer authority of the
national conference is not justified.” (AFP)                                                             Told it was organized by Cuban                                                                                                            Fernandez
                                                                                                                                                actions.                                      let the group purchase the fireworks                                    subways to the city in
                 ❑       ❑     ❑                                                                      exiles from Florida, he shrugged                                                        at cost, which came out to $3,600.              January, but the mayor backed out, saying
                                                                                                      and said, “They must be celebrating                      Violated                                                                       the president reneged on her promise to
Abidjan violence condemned: The                                                                                                                                                               The other main expense was fuel.
head of the post-war reconciliation panel in                                                          something.”                                  In 1996, the Cuban military shot              He said the lead vessel alone,               fund operating costs for a year. Fernandez
Ivory Coast, Charles Konan Banny, on                                                                     The small Florida nonprofit            down two small planes carrying                dubbed “Democracia,” was expect-                then refused to take the trains back and
Friday condemned deadly attacks in                                                                    group the Democracy Movement              exile activists, killing four people.                                                         blamed Macri for failing as a leader.
                                                                                                                                                                                              ed to consume more than $2,100 in                  Macri said Saturday the strike will end
Abidjan and urged people to renounce vio-                                                             said earlier that they would park         Cuba maintains the aircraft violated          gasoline to make the trip across the
lence and support the authorities.                                                                    their vessels 12.5 miles (20 kilome-                                                                                                    only when the president decides she’s done
                                                                                                                                                the country’s airspace, though the            roughly 90-mile Florida Strait and              enough damage.
   “Turn your backs on violence in any                 Bonilla                   Lobo                 ters) from Havana, safely outside
form,” said the former prime minister, who                                                                                                      exiles deny that.                             back.                                              “It’s up to her. I can’t change her deci-
                                                                                                      the 12-mile territorial water limits.        Sanchez said he had been in con-              Meanwhile, Fidel Castro, who                 sion. If she decides there won’t be a sub-
heads a Commission for Dialogue, Truth
and Reconciliation (CDVR) set up in the                                                                  The exiles timed the show to           tact with the US Coast Guard,                 led Cuba for a half century and                 way, there won’t be a subway,” the mayor
                                                                                                      coincide with a summer carnival
wake of post-electoral bloodshed in 2010-
                                                        Lat/Am                                        that can draw thousands to the
                                                                                                                                                which has patrolled previous sea
                                                                                                                                                missions to guard against an inter-
                                                                                                                                                                                              became known worldwide for                      told a small group of foreign correspon-
                                                                                                                                                                                              decades of Cold War-era clashing                   Transport Minister Florencio Randazzo
   Banny warned that Ivory Coast was                                                                  Malecon, and they called the show         national incident, and given assur-           with the United States, will cele-
plunging back into a “harmful climate”            US withholds funds to ‘police’: The                 a peaceful display of solidarity with                                                                                                   spoke for the president on Saturday, telling
                                                                                                                                                ances that they would remain out-             brate his 86th birthday Monday far              Radio El Mundo that Macri’s “obstinance”
with the killings that were “an extension of      US government is withholding funds to               their compatriots.                        side the 12-mile maritime limit.
the verbal violence, expressions of hatred,       Honduran law enforcement units directly
                                                                                                                                                                                              from the limelight.                             is harming commuters.
                                                                                                         “When you see the lights of free-         US officials have said they don’t             Officially, there are no plans to               “If Macri really wanted to help the mil-
that have studded the past few weeks” in          supervised by their new national police             dom, walk toward the seawall as a
the local press.                                  chief until the US can investigate allega-                                                    encourage or condone such activi-             publicly honor the communist                    lions of passengers harmed by the subway
   In a series of attacks on August 5 and 6,
                                                                                                      silent protest against censorship of      ties, but lack legal authority to             country’s one-time “commander-in-               strike, he would have already done so.
                                                  tions that he ran a death squad a decade            expression,” said the Democracy
ten soldiers were killed in the west African      ago, according to a State Department report                                                   block them.                                   chief,” who tightly orchestrated                Instead he shifts the responsibility to the
country’s economic capital. The govern-           released this week.                                 Movement’s Ramon Saul Sanchez.               Sanchez said a second message                                                              national government even though his neigh-
                                                                                                      “And when you’re there, among the                                                       public life there from January 1959             bors are already livid over his attitude,”
ment has blamed supporters of former pres-           The report says the State Department “is                                                   behind the display was to demand              until he suffered a health crisis in
ident Laurent Gbagbo, whose refusal to            aware of allegations of human rights viola-         people, think of freedom, murmur                                                                                                        Randazzo told the pro-government
                                                                                                                                                greater Internet access on the                2006 and delegated his duties to his            Pagina12 newspaper. (AP)
recognise that he had lost elections in           tions related to Police Chief Juan Carlos           ‘freedom’ and if you deem it pru-         island, which lags the rest of the
November 2010 led to a five-month crisis          Bonilla’s service” and that the US govern-          dent, demand freedom.”                                                                  brother Raul Castro. On Monday,                                 ❑       ❑      ❑
marked by bloodshed, in which at least            ment has established a working group to                                                       world despite the completion of an            youth organizations plan to mark
3,000 people died.                                                                                                  Carnival                    undersea fiber-optic cable last year.         not the anniversary of Castro’s birth           Court drops Facebook case: A court
                                                  investigate.                                                                                                                                                                                Saturday reversed an order that would have
   Pleading for “confidence (and) dia-               The US had pledged $56 million in bilat-            Cuban authorities scaled back the         “The Cuban government has just             but rather that of Rene Gonzalez,               blocked access to Facebook in Brazil for a
logue”, Banny urged President Alassane            eral security and development assistance for        carnival festivities after torrential     installed the cable from Venezuela            one of five Cuban secret service                day after the popular US social media site
Ouattara and the government to note that          2012 in Honduras, where tons of drugs pass          rains Saturday soaked Havana and          that allows 3,000 times more tech-            agents imprisoned in the United                 allegedly refused to pull a page including
the success of reconciliation efforts depend-     through each year on their way to the               left huge puddles on the Malecon.         nical capability of connection, and           States considered “heroes of the                illegal political material.
ed on their determination to do “everything       United States. Under the new guidelines,
in their power to lift the obstacles that stand                                                       Several hundred people still came         yet it has not translated into benefits       war on terror” in their homeland.                   An electoral court in Florianopolis, capi-
                                                  the US is limiting assistance so that it only                                                                                                                                               tal of the southern state of Santa Catarina,
in the way of the CDVR”.                          goes to special Honduran law enforcement                                                                                                                                                    voided the ruling which also included a fine
   “We are waiting for a clear and perma-         units, staffed by Honduran personnel “who                                                                                                                                                   of about $25,000.
nent sign of the political will to see Ivorians   receive training, guidance, and advice          2002 and said he was among several offi-     in May. (AP)                                    the victim, who DNA analysis identified as
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Facebook was accused this week by
united without consideration for divisions        directly from US law enforcement and are        cers suspected in 11 other cases.                           ❑     ❑     ❑                    Paul Maurice Wolnerman, 71. Relatives had      electoral court judge Felipe Siegert Schuch
of any sort,” he said. (AFP)                      not under Bonilla’s direct supervision,”           Chief Bonilla’s spokesperson could not                                                    also contacted the French embassy in           of refusing to comply with an order to take
                ❑      ❑      ❑                   according to the report.                        be reached for comment.                      Interpol seeks Italian: Interpol was            Caracas to inquire about Wolnerman’s dis-
                                                                                                                                               searching for an Italian wanted in the                                                         down a page deemed offensive to local
                                                     Foreign operations law requires that 20         Only one of the allegations against the                                                   appearance.                                    councilman Dalmo Menezes, who is seek-
Swazi king ends forum: Swazi King                 percent of assistance to Honduras be with-      now-46-year-old Bonilla led to murder        killing of a Frenchman in Venezuela whose          The Italian suspect, who was not named,
Mswati III on Saturday closed a forum                                                                                                                                                                                                         ing reelection in October.
                                                  held until the Secretary of State certifies     charges, however, and he was acquitted in    chopped up body was thrown out to sea           “has left the country,” according to police.       The information against the canduidate
where his subjects called for democratic          that Honduras is taking steps to improve
reforms, promising “expert” reviews but                                                           2004. The verdict was upheld by Honduras’    inside a suitcase, police said Saturday.        The authorities said Wolnerman was shot        was negative and anonymous which is ille-
                                                  human rights conditions and investigate         Supreme Court in 2009. Bonilla took office      Police said the suspect was the helper of    dead on April 28 in the port city of           gal in Brazil.
making no formal commitments.                     allegations of abuses. In an unusual twist,
   “Experts” would be asked to solve the                                                                                                                                                                                                          The US company said in a message to
                                                  the report certifies the Honduran govern-                                                                                                                                                   AFP it was pleased with the new ruling.
issues raised, Mswati told some 13,000
people who gathered at his royal palace in
                                                  ment is meeting human rights requirements,
                                                  but nonetheless says the US government is
                                                                                                                                                                                                        Two missing                           (AFP)
Ludzidzini, north of the capital Mbabane.         withholding aid to agents working under                                                                                                                                                                     ❑      ❑      ❑
   He discouraged public protests, saying
the peace-loving Swazis believe in dialogue
                                                     State Department officials reached late
                                                                                                                                                                                                  Tropical wave kills 2                       Protesters accused of arson:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Guyana has canceled talks with protesters
as opposed to “fighting each other”.              Friday and Saturday could not confirm how                                                                                                                                                   demanding lower electricity rates after
   The king promised to review a 2010 law                                                                                                                                                         PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad, Aug
                                                  much funding was being withheld nor how                                                                                                         12, (AP): Two people died and               authorities accused them of setting fire to
that gave members of parliament a 30 per-         they determined the conditions were met.                                                                                                                                                    nine buildings.
cent salary hike. But at the same time he                                                                                                                                                         another two are missing in
                                                     Honduran President Porfirio Lobo’s                                                                                                           Trinidad as a tropical wave lashed             The fires occurred Saturday in the baux-
urged teachers on strike for a salary raise to    spokesman Miguel Bonilla, who is not                                                                                                            the eastern Caribbean with heavy            ite mining town of Linden, where protesters
return to work after nearly seven weeks.          related to the police chief Bonilla, said                                                                                                       rains and wind, authorities said            have blocked the lone river bridge on the
   Mswati made no comment on calls to lift        Saturday that the administration has repeat-                                                                                                    Saturday.                                   road to Brazil for three weeks.
the ban on political parties.                     edly pledged full support for the police                                                                                                           The victims died after heavy                Agriculture Minister Leslie Ramsammy
   Opposition and rights groups have              chief and that under his leadership “there                                                                                                      rainfall unleashed floods and               said one of his local offices was destroyed
slammed the forum, known as Sibaya, as an         has been a real improvement in the security                                                                                                     mudslides in Trinidad’s western             and that valuable research records and
empty move designed to ease tensions but          situation.” Honduran officials did not com-                                                                                                     suburb of Diego Martin, relatives           materials were lost. A local tax office was
with no formal power in Africa’s last             ment on the funds being withheld but said                                                                                                       said.                                       also destroyed.
absolute monarchy.                                the government “has an unconditional com-                                                                                                          The dead were identified as 66-             Police and protesters continue to clash
   Protests have grown since last year in the     mitment to human rights.”                                                                                                                       year-old Solomon Britto and 31-             after officers fatally shot three people and
traditionally peaceful kingdom, which is             Earlier this year, The Associated Press                                                                                                      year-old Everold Bentham.                   wounded 20 others on July 18.
bordered on three sides by South Africa.          reported that Bonilla, nicknamed “The                                                                                                              Bentham’s sister, Liz Bentham,              Protesters say they will keep fighting a
   The country’s problems are partly              Tiger,” had been widely accused of killings                                                                                                     told reporters that floodwater              rate increase from $25 monthly to about
blamed on Mswati’s extravagant lifestyle,         and human rights violations in a decade-old                                                                                                     surged through their community              $100. They also demand the officers
supporting his 13 wives each in her own                                                           Special Operations Battalion ‘BOPE’ police officers take part in a simulated                    early Saturday and that her moth-
                                                  internal Honduran police report. The report     crime situation at a train near the Maracana stadium, part of their training for                                                            involved in the shooting be charged and
palace and high-flying international shop-        named Bonilla in at least three killings or                                                                                                     er and sister were able to leave
                                                                                                  the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Olympics, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on Aug 11.                     the house.                                  that National Security Minister Clement
ping trips, all paid for by state funds. (AFP)    forced disappearances between 1998 and                                                                                                                                                      Rohee resign. (AP)

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