World Newsbits for September 25,2013
Nairobi (dpa) — Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta Tuesday said the siege at a Nairobi shopping mall is over, with five al-Qaeda-linked gunmen killed and 11 suspects in custody. Kenyatta, who declared three days of national mourning starting Wednesday, confirmed that 61 civilians, including foreigners from a range of countries, and six security officers were killed. There are still 62 people in hospital. ‘’We have shamed and defeated our attackers. That part has been completed by our multi-agency team,’’ he said in a televised address on the fourth-day of the crisis.
NEW YORK (dpa) — World leaders addressing the UN General Assembly on Tuesday called for increased efforts to end the war in Syria and resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon opened the annual session, urging an “enforceable’’ UN Security Council resolution on chemical weapons in Syria. He said Syria should “fully and quickly’’ meet its obligations when it joins the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons next month. “The international community must bring to justice the perpetrators of the use of chemical weapons in Syria, confirmed unequivocably by the UN investigation mission,’’ Ban said.
SACRAMENTO, California (AP) — Paparazzi and others who harass the children of public figures will face tougher penalties under legislation that California Gov. Jerry Brown signed Tuesday. The bill sponsored by state Sen. Kevin de Leon will boost penalties for actions that include taking photos and video of a child without consent and in a harassing manner. Celebrities such as actresses Halle Berry and Jennifer Garner urged lawmakers to support the bill. Berry testified before several legislative committees that her daughter has been intimidated by aggressive photographers who follow them daily, often shouting as they snap pictures.
DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — Police have used batons, rubber bullets and tear gas to stop protests by garment workers in Bangladesh who want higher wages while factory owners fear they may miss shipment to the United States and Europe. Police and news reports say the fifth day of protests Wednesday in two industrial districts near Dhaka forced authorities to close more than 100 factories for the day. A police official in the Gazipur district says the workers have dispersed there. A.K.M. Mosharaf Hossain would not confirm any injuries in Gazipur. Prothom Alo newspaper says clashes in the Narayanganj district injured at least 10 people.
PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — Cambodia’s opposition party on Wednesday threatened a nationwide general strike to protest what it claims was a rigged election and the illegitimate return to power of authoritarian leader Hun Sen. Opposition leader Sam Rainsy said he is considering calling a one-day strike for factory workers, civil servants and shopkeepers unless the ruling party agrees to an independent probe of electoral fraud and a program of immediate reforms. He made the comments a day after ruling party lawmakers extended Hun Sen’s rule for another five years, despite a boycott of parliament by the opposition. Official results of the July 28 polls gave the ruling party 68 seats in parliament compared to 55 for the opposition.