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WORLD

MONDAY 21 AUGUST 2017,

SAUDI GAZETTE

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SNIPPETS

Manila sends troops to second

province to contain bird flu

MANILA —

The Philippines has deployed more

troops to cull thousands of chickens one day after

the farm ministry confirmed the spread of bird flu

into a second province north of the capital, Manila.

More than 100 soldiers were sent on Saturday to

the towns of Jaen and San Isidro in Nueva Ecija

province after two cases of avian flu were detected

in quails, army spokesman Lieutenant-Colonel

Isagani Nato said in a statement. The new bird flu

cases were about 50 km from the initial outbreak

in a swampy area of Pampanga that is a sanctuary

for migratory birds from China. Authorities have

not determined the cause of the bird flu outbreak,

nor the exact strain, on which tests are being done

in Australia. There has been no case of human

transmission in either outbreak, and early tests

have ruled out highly pathogenic H5N1 strain.

Malaysia ‘sorry’ for showing

Indonesia’s flag as Poland’s

KUALA LUMPUR —

Malaysia apologized to

Indonesia on Sunday for an “unintentional”

mistake in printing the Indonesian flag upside

down in a souvenir guidebook for the Southeast

Asian Games. The error made the red-and-white

Indonesian flag resemble Poland’s and caused

anger in Indonesia, where “shameonyoumalaysia”

has become the most popular hashtag on Twitter.

President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo demanded an

apology for hurt national pride but also cautioned

against exaggerating the incident with his neighbor.

The two countries share the same religion and

language but often trade accusations of stealing

the other’s food and culture. Malaysian Youth

and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin met

his Indonesian counterpart Imam Nahrawi to

personally apologize. After a brief private meeting

on Sunday, the two ministers shook hands at a

news conference. Khairy, who was quick to issue

the first apology late Saturday on Twitter, said that

the guidebooks will be corrected and reprinted.

Finland observes minute of

silence for stabbing victims

HELSINKI —

Finland observed a minute of

silence on Sunday for the victims of a stabbing

attack in the city of Turku that left two people

dead and eight injured. Friday’s stabbing is being

investigated as the country’s first terror attack. At

Turku’s market square, where the attack happened,

several hundred people gathered to hold a minute

of silence at 10:00 a.m. Candles and flowers lay

on the square, with city officials, rescue crews in

uniform, police officers and the public forming a

ring around the makeshift memorial. Archbishop

Kari Makinen, the head of Finland’s Evangelical

Lutheran Church, was also present. A note posted

next to a bouquet of flowers read “Peace and

Love — No Violence Finland.” Bells from the Turku

Cathedral, the country’s largest church, rang for

15 minutes before falling quiet for the minute of

silence.

4 killed in explosion at

South Korean shipyard

SEOUL —

An explosion at a shipyard in South

Korea owned by STX Offshore & Shipbuilding

killed four workers on Sunday, the country’s fire

department said. The department did not give the

cause of the blast. Korean media reports said a

tank exploded in a ship under construction. The

four men, aged in their 30s to 50s, were painting

the ship in the yard in Jinhae, an industrial hub

on the country’s southeast coast, an official from

the National Fire Agency said. “No additional

injuries were reported,” the official said. The ship

is intended to carry about 74,000 tons of oil, and

to be delivered to a Greek buyer in October. On

May 1, a crane collapsed at shipyard of Samsung

Heavy Industries, killing six people and injuring

more than 20.

Bandit gang abducts 7

Pakistani police officers

MULTAN, Pakistan —

Pakistani police say bandits

have abducted seven policemen from a forested

area of southern Punjab. They say the gang wants

several of its members who are behind bars to

be freed. Senior police officer Atiq Tahir says

the police were returning by boat to the town of

Rojhan, in Rajanpur district, from an outpost in a

forested area along the Indus River when the gang

captured them in the early morning. Tahir said

police reinforcements with armored vehicles were

dispatched to the forest. Another police officer

said police are working with influential landlords

to get the abductees freed. He said the gang is

demanding the release of their arrested cohorts.

He spoke on condition of anonymity because he

was not authorized to speak to media.

North Korea slams upcoming

joint US-South military drills

SEOUL —

North Korea warned on Sunday that

the United States will be “pouring gasoline on fire”

by conducting an annual war game in the South

next week amid heightened tensions between

Pyongyang and Washington. Combative rhetoric

between the nations spiked after Pyongyang

tested two intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBM)

last month that appeared to bring much of the

US within range, sparking an intense warning by

President Donald Trump that Washington could

rain “fire and fury” on the North. Pyongyang then

threatened to fire a salvo of missiles toward the

US territory of Guam — a plan that leader Kim

Jong-Un last week delayed, but warned could go

ahead depending on Washington’s next move.

Agencies

Spain mourns attack victims

as police hunt for van driver

BARCELONA, Spain —

Grief-

stricken Barcelona paid homage on

Sunday to victims of two terror as-

saults at a mass in the city’s Sagrada

Familia church.

King Felipe, Prime Minister Mari-

ano Rajoy and Catalonia’s president

Carles Puigdemont led the ceremony

mourning the 14 people killed by mili-

tants who used vehicles to mow down

pedestrians in Barcelona’s Las Ram-

blas boulevard on Thursday and in

the nearby seaside resort of Cambrils

early Friday.

“These have been days of tears,

many tears,” said auxiliary bishop Se-

bastia Taltavull.

Outside the church, snipers were

posted on rooftops surrounding the

landmark building by Gaudi, while

heavily armed police stood guard as

hundreds of people gathered under

grey skies.

Catalonia resident Teresa Rodri-

guez said she had turned up to pray

for the victims.

“What happened in Las Ramblas

is really hard for us, we go for walks

there often, it could have happened to

me, my children or anyone. And here

we are. It’s huge, huge,” she said as

she fought back tears.

Meanwhile, Spanish police put

up scores of roadblocks across the

northeast as the manhunt continued

on Sunday for the suspected driver of

the van that plowed into pedestrians

in Barcelona.

Police in Catalonia are searching

for Younes Abouyaaquoub, a 22-year-

old Moroccan suspected of carrying

out the attack.

The investigation is also focusing

on a missing imam who police think

could have died in a massive house

explosion on Wednesday in Alcanar.

Police believe imam Abdelbaki Es

Satty radicalized the young men in

the extremist cell, which may have ac-

cidently blown up the house in Alca-

nar with the explosive material it was

Spain’s King Felipe VI, center, Queen Letizia, right, and Portugal’s President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, left, leave after a mass

on Sunday to commemorate victims of two devastating terror attacks in Barcelona and Cambrils, at the Sagrada Familia

church in Barcelona.

— AFP

Thousands join anti-racism

march in US city of Boston

BOSTON, Massachusetts —

Thousands of anti-racism demon-

strators flooded the streets of Boston

on Saturday, dwarfing a gathering of

white nationalists in the city and trig-

gering scuffles with police but avoid-

ing the serious violence that marred

a similar event a week earlier in Vir-

ginia.

A so-called “free speech” rally by

far-right groups had been scheduled

to run until 2 p.m. (1800 GMT), but a

half-hour before that police escorted

its participants — whose numbers ap-

peared to be in the dozens — to safety

past a throng of anti-racism protest-

ers.

Officials estimated turnout of

about 40,000 demonstrators. Authori-

ties said there were 27 arrests, mostly

for assault and battery against the po-

lice, and disorderly conduct.

Aerial photos showed counter-

protesters filling one of Boston’s main

streets for several blocks, in a huge

outpouring of anti-racist sentiment in

this strongly Democratic northeast-

ern city.

While Boston saw no repeat of

the violence that erupted last week-

end in Charlottesville, Virginia, iso-

lated scuffles between police and pro-

testers prompted President Donald

Trump to weigh in, with a tweet in-

toning against the “many anti-police

agitators in Boston.”

But as protesters began depart-

ing central Boston without major in-

Counter protesters clash with Boston Police outside of the Boston Commons and

the Boston Free Speech Rally in Boston, Massachusetts, on Saturday.

— Reuters

collecting. Es Satty in June abruptly

quit working at a mosque in Ripoll

and has not been seen since.

His former mosque denounced

the deadly attacks and weeping rela-

tives marched into a Ripoll square

on Saturday, tearfully denying any

knowledge of the radical plans of their

sons and brothers. Abouyaaquoub›s

mother said his younger brother Hus-

sein has also disappeared, as has the

younger brother of one of five radi-

cals slain on Friday by police during

the Cambrils attack.

Spanish media quoting police

sources, said the officers were looking

for DNA traces in the apartment to

compare with body parts found in an

explosion in a home in Alcanar, about

200 km south of Barcelona, where

the alleged militants were believed to

have been building bombs.

Police said they believed the sus-

pects were planning a much larger

attack. “They were preparing one or

several attacks in Barcelona, and an

explosion in Alcanar stopped this as

they no longer had the material they

needed to commit attacks of an even

bigger scope,” said Josep Lluis Trap-

ero of Catalonia’s police.

Security forces were seen remov-

ing dozens of gas canisters from the

house in Alcanar on Friday.

The imam was also known to

police, according to Spanish media,

which reported that he had spent time

in prison.

El Pais and El Mundo quoting an-

ti-terrorist forces said the imam had

met prisoners linked to the March

2004 Al-Qaeda-inspired bombing at-

tack on commuter trains in Madrid

that killed 191 people, the worst terror

attack in Europe.

A clearer picture is emerging of

the suspected perpetrators.

— Agen-

cies

Zimbabwe first

lady flies home,

leaving S. Africa

assault case

HARARE —

The wife of Zimbabwean

President Robert Mugabe returned

home from South Africa on Sunday

despite calls that she be prosecuted for

allegedly assaulting a young model at a

luxury hotel in Johannesburg.

A report by Zimbabwean state

broadcaster ZBC showed Grace

Mugabe greeting government and

military officials at the Harare airport

after returning on an Air Zimbabwe

flight with her husband, who had at-

tended a summit of southern African

leaders in Pretoria.

The South African government

said Saturday that it was deciding

whether to grant diplomatic immu-

nity to Grace Mugabe at the request of

the Zimbabwean government, though

there was no immediate comment

from South African authorities on

Sunday. South African police had is-

sued a “red alert” at borders to ensure

she didn’t leave undetected and said

they were waiting for a government

decision on the immunity appeal.

Gabriella Engels, a 20-year-old

model, said Zimbabwe’s first lady at-

tacked her on Aug. 13, whipping her

with an extension cord that cut her

forehead. In reaction to the news that

Grace Mugabe had returned to Zimba-

bwe, a group representing Engels said

Sunday they will go to court to chal-

lenge the South African government

if it is confirmed that immunity was

granted to Mugabe.

—AP

Wreckage of lost ship USS Indianapolis found after 7 decades

WASHINGTON —

Researchers an-

nounced Saturday they discovered

wreckage of the lost warship the USS

Indianapolis, 72 years after the World

War II cruiser was torpedoed by a

Japanese submarine.

The wreckage was found in the

Philippine Sea 5.5 km below the sur-

face, according to philanthropist and

Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, who

headed the civilian research crew that

located the ship.

The ship was hit in the final days

of World War II just after completing

a secret mission delivering parts of

the atomic bomb used in Hiroshima.

The vessel sank in just 12 min-

utes, meaning it was unable to send

a distress signal or deploy life-saving

equipment, according to the history

division of the US Navy.

Some 800 of the ship’s 1,196 sail-

ors and marines initially survived the

maritime disaster, but only 316 ulti-

mately lived after enduring several

days in shark-infested waters where

they also faced risks of dehydration

and drowning. Of those survivors, 22

are still alive today, the US Navy said.

“To be able to honor the brave

men of the USS Indianapolis and

their families through the discovery

of a ship that played such a significant

role in ending World War II is truly

humbling,” said Allen.

“As Americans, we all owe a debt

of gratitude to the crew for their cour-

age, persistence and sacrifice in the

face of horrendous circumstances.”

“While our search for the rest of

the wreckage will continue, I hope ev-

eryone connected to this historic ship

will feel some measure of closure at

this discovery so long in coming.”

Allen posted several photos of the

wreckage on his Twitter account, in-

cluding images of the ship’s anchor

and bell.

Before it was struck the USS In-

dianapolis was advancing towards the

Philippines to deliver atomic bomb

parts to Tinian island.

But four days after completing

that mission, on July 30, 1945, it was

This undated image from a remotely operated underwater vehicle courtesy of

Paul G. Allen, shows a spare parts box from the USS Indianapolis on the floor of

the North Pacific Ocean.

— AP

spotted by a Japanese submarine that

fired six torpedoes at the vessel.

The Indianapolis burst into flames

when one hit a magazine near the fuel

bunker and another struck the ship’s

bow.

Others have searched for the In-

dianapolis in the past, but the wreck-

age location long eluded researchers.

But last year Richard Hulver, a

historian with the Naval History and

Heritage Command, identified a naval

landing craft that had documented a

sighting of the vessel hours before it

was hit.

The research team then devel-

oped an estimated position, which

covered a vast 600 square miles of

open ocean. The Navy called the

ship’s discovery “significant” given

the “depth of the water in which the

ship was lost.”

— AFP

cident later Saturday, he followed up

with a more positive tone. “I want to

applaud the many protesters in Bos-

ton who are speaking out against big-

otry and hate,” he tweeted.

“Our country will soon come to-

gether as one!”

Boston Police Commissioner Wil-

liam Evans told a press conference

that while there were people “who

came here to cause problems,” au-

thorities were able to maintain order

and keep the two sides apart. He cred-

ited a unit specially trained for crowd

control.

“I thought they did a good job

of moving that crowd,” Evans said.

“Sometimes it doesn’t look pretty, but

that’s what they’re trained for.”

The demonstration was held

at a time of anguished national de-

bate over racial relations, which was

fanned when Trump defended some

participants in last week’s white na-

tionalist and neo-Nazi rally in Virgin-

ia as “very fine people.”

— AFP