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A Liberian Army soldier, part of the Ebola Task Force, beats a local resident
while enforcing a quarantine on the West Point slum in Monrovia.
Police in the Liberian capital Monrovia
fired live rounds and teargas overnight to
disperse a stone-throwing crowd trying
to break an Ebola quarantine imposed
on their neighbourhood, as the death
toll from the epidemic in west Africa hit
In the sprawling ocean-front West
Point neighbourhood of Monrovia,
at least four people were injured in
clashes with security forces, witnesses
said. It was unclear whether anyone was
wounded by gunfire, though a Reuters
photographer saw a young boy with his
leg largely severed just above the ankle.
“The soldiers are using live rounds,”
army spokesman Dessaline Allison
said. “ The soldiers applied the rules
of engagement. They did not fire on
peaceful citizens. There will be medical
reports if (an injury) was from bullet
The World Health Organisation
said that countries hit by the worst
ever outbreak of the deadly virus were
beginning to suffer shortages of fuel,
food and basic supplies after shipping
companies and airlines suspended
ser vices to the region.
The epidemic of the haemorrhagic
fever, which can kill up to 90% of those
it infects, is ravaging the three small west
African States of Liberia, Sierra Leone
and Guinea, and also has a toehold in
Nigeria, Africa’s biggest economy.
Liberia — where the death toll is rising
fastest — said its Ministry of Health
warehouse had run out of rubber boots
and hand sanitiser bottles, essential for
preventing the spread of the disease.
Still struggling to recover from a
devastating 1989-2003 civil war, Liberia
recorded 95 deaths in the two days to
August 18, the WHO said. Since it
was discovered in remote south-eastern
Guinea in March, the overall death toll
from the outbreak has reached 1350
from a total of 2473 cases.
Liberian authorities introduced a
nationwide curfew yesterday and put
the teeming West Point neighbourhood
under quarantine to curb the spread of
Witnesses said clashes started after
security forces blocked roads to West
Point with tables, chairs and barbed
wire. Security forces came in to escort
the local commissioner out of the
neighbourhood, they said.
Attempts to isolate the worst affected
areas of the country and neighbouring
Sierra Leone have raised fears of unrest
in one of the world’s poorest regions
should communities start to run low on
food and medical supplies.
In West Point, residents said they
were given no warning of the blockade,
which prevented them from getting to
work or buying food. Many people in
impoverished parts of Monrovia buy
food to eat each day rather than stocking
it. Residents said the closure immediately
caused prices of basic goods, including
drinking water sold in sachets, to soar.
The task authorities face is made
harder by misinformation. One West
Point resident said the government had
sealed off the neighbourhood in order to
bring the disease in. — Reuters
Obama calls for end to jihadist ‘cancer’
United States President Barack
Obama has demanded the world take
action against the “cancer” of jihadist
extremism in Iraq, after an American
reporter was murdered by militants.
As US aircraft continued to strike
jihadist targets despite a threat to
kill a second reporter, Obama said:
“ When people harm Americans
anywhere, we do what ’s necessary to
see that justice is done.”
Obama was speaking after the
so-called Islamic State (IS), which
has seized much of eastern Syria
and northern Iraq, released a video
showing a masked militant beheading
US reporter James Foley.
The black-clad man said the
40-year-old freelance journalist, who
was kidnapped in Syria in November
2012, had been killed to avenge
American air strikes against his
He paraded a second US reporter,
Steven Sotloff, before the camera and
said he too would die unless Obama
Obama did not directly refer to
Sotloff in his brief address — and
the Pentagon confirmed that air
strikes would continue — but he paid
tribute to Foley and said the Islamic
State must be defeated.
“ Jim Foley ’s life stands in stark
contrast to his killers,” he said,
branding the militants genocidal
murderers who target civilians, and
subject women and children to
“torture and rape and slavery”.
“Their victims are over whelmingly
Muslim and no faith teaches people
to massacre innocents,” he said,
dismissing the IS claim to represent
the aspirations of a global Muslim
“No just God would stand for what
they did yesterday and what they do
every single day.”
US intelligence believes the video is
genuine, and the British government
has launched an investigation because
Foley ’s executioner spoke English
with a London accent.
US Central Command said 14 air
strikes had been carried out on IS
targets in Iraq in the 24 hours since
the video was released.
The United Nations and Europe’s
top powers condemned the killing,
and France warned the world faces
the “most serious international
situation” since 2001, the year of the
September 11 attacks.
In a significant shift from its usual
policy, Germany said it was ready to
send weapons to support Iraqi Kurds
against IS, while France will hold a
conference on the security of the
In northern Iraq, the UN refugee
agency meanwhile said it has begun
a massive 10-day operation to
provide assistance to the hundreds
of thousands of people displaced by
violence. — AFP
People sit outside a closed McDonald’s restaurant in Moscow.
Russia ordered the temporary
closure of four McDonald’s
restaurants in Moscow, a decision it
said was over sanitary violations but
which comes against a backdrop of
worsening United States-Russian
ties over Ukraine.
The four restaurants ordered to
suspend operations by the State
food safety watchdog included
the first McDonald’s in Russia,
which opened in the last days of
the Soviet Union, and which the
company says is its most frequented
in the world.
Last evening, the lights were off
inside the restaurant — usually
crammed with diners — and a sign
on the door said it was shut “for
The watchdog, known in Russia
as Rospotrebnadzor, said in a
statement inspectors had found
numerous sanitary violations. A
source at the watchdog said it had
sealed off parts of the restaurants’
Asked if the decision was a
retaliation for the US and other
countries imposing economic
sanctions on Moscow over the
crisis in Ukraine, the source
declined to comment and referred
to the statement about sanitary
McDonald’s head office in Illinois
said in a statement: “ We are
closely studying the subject of the
documents to define what should
be done to reopen the restaurants
as soon as possible.”
Russia’s first McDonald’s opened
on Moscow ’s Pushkin Square in
1990, when it was viewed as a sign
that, under reformist Soviet leader
Mikhail Gorbachev, Cold War
tensions with the US were starting
It was hugely popular with
Russians; long queues formed
outside and some people even had
their wedding receptions there.
“ We have many happy memories
of this place,” said a man who gave
his name as Vadim. He had come
with his wife Natalya to celebrate
his 77th birthday at McDonald’s,
but was forced instead to buy
a coffee elsewhere and drink it
seated at a coffee table outside the
Another of the restaurants closed
on the orders of the food safety
watchdog is on Moscow ’s Manezh
Square, under the walls of the
Kremlin where President Vladimir
Putin has his offices.
Earlier this month Russia banned
all meat, fish, dairy, fruit and
vegetable imports from the United
States, the European Union,
Nor way, Canada, and Australia
for one year in retaliation for
the sanctions imposed by these
countries over Ukraine.
However, some of these
restrictions were eased overnight
to allow the import of some items
that are useful to Russia’s own
food and agriculture industries,
such as vegetables for planting and
hatchlings of salmon and trout. —
Russia orders four McDonald’s restaurants closed
Seventy-year-old Australian Cyril
Baldock has become the oldest person to
swim across the English Channel.
The life member of Bondi Surf Club
set off from England early yesterday
morning local time and arrived at Cap
Gris Nez in France some 12 hours and
45 minutes later.
“ I made it!” Baldock tweeted
immediately after completing the 34km
“ I’m officially the oldest person to swim
the English Channel.”
Baldock, aged 70 years and nine
months, has replaced Englishman Roger
Allsopp in the record books.
Allsopp was 70 years and four months
when he took almost 18 hours to cross
the Channel in 2011.
“ I haven’t had that much fun in years,”
Baldock said at Cap Gris Nez.
“At the 10-hour mark I felt like I was
going nowhere but my support crew
were fantastic in their encouragement
and inspired me to make it to the finish. ”
Baldock knew how tough the long-
distance swim would be having
previously crossed the Channel in 1985
as a 41-year-old.
Back then the feat took him 10 hours
and 44 minutes.
Halfway through yesterday ’s swim the
Bondi local’s support crew tweeted that
he was taking on sports drinks and an
With the French coastline in sight
the team revealed the 70-year-old was
“starting to hurt but still enjoying it ”.
Baldock was fulfilling a decades-old
promise to his former coach Des Renford
by completing the crossing. He was also
raising money for cancer research.
Australian Trent Grimsey holds the
record for an unassisted solo crossing of
the English Channel having completed
the marathon in six hours 55 minutes flat
in 2012. — AAP
An Israeli air strike in Gaza killed the
wife and infant son of Hamas’s military
leader, Mohammed Deif, the group said,
calling it an attempt to assassinate him
after a ceasefire collapsed.
Palestinians launched more than 180
rockets yesterday and overnight, mainly
at southern Israel, with some intercepted
by the Iron Dome anti-missile system,
the military said. No casualties were
reported on the Israeli side.
Egypt, which has been trying to broker
a long-term ceasefire in indirect Israeli-
Palestinian talks, said it would continue
contacts with both sides, whose
delegates left Cairo after the hostilities
But there appeared to be no end in
sight to violence that shattered a 10-day
period of calm, the longest break from
fighting since Israel launched its Gaza
offensive on July 8 with the declared aim
of ending rocket fire into its territory.
Israeli aircraft have carried out more
than 100 strikes in the Gaza Strip since
Tuesday, Defence Minister Moshe
Ya’alon said, the military adding it was
“targeting terror sites”.
Hamas and medical officials said 23
people had died in the latest Israeli raids,
including Deif ’s wife and seven-month-
old son. Deif is widely believed to be
masterminding the Islamist group’s
military campaign from underground
A Hamas official said Deif, head
of Hamas’s Izz el-Deen al-Qassam
Brigades, had not used the targeted
house, from whose rubble the bodies of
three members of the family that lived
there were also pulled out.
Abu Ubaida, a spokesman for Hamas’s
armed wing, said in a televised statement
addressing Israel “you have failed and
you have missed” Deif in the attack.
Chanting “Qassam, bomb Tel Aviv,”
thousands of Palestinians later attended
the funeral of Deif ’s wife and son in
Jabalya refugee camp. The woman’s
mother told reporters she wished she
had “another 100 daughters” to offer
Deif in marriage.
Accusing Israel of opening a “gateway
to hell”, Hamas fired rockets at Tel
Aviv and Jerusalem late on Tuesday,
demonstrating the Islamist movement
could still reach Israel’s heartland
despite heavy Israeli bombardments in
the five-week conflict.
There was no confirmation from Israel
that it had tried to kill Deif, who has
been targeted in air strikes at least four
times since the mid-1990s. Israel holds
him responsible for the deaths of dozens
of its citizens in suicide bombings.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu
declined to say whether Deif had been
targeted, but he reaffirmed Israel’s
longstanding policy of considering
militant leaders as legitimate targets,
adding that “none are immune” from
Netanyahu said Israel’s Gaza campaign
could last for a while. “ This will be a
continuous campaign,” he told a news
conference in Tel Aviv, giving a vague
description of Israel’s goals as seeking
“calm and safety” for Israeli citizens.
Ya’alon, his defence chief, added that
“all options are open, including renewed
ground operations” in Gaza.
Netanyahu compared Hamas Islamists
to Islamic State militants operating in
Iraq and Syria, calling them “ branches of
the same tree” and accusing both groups
of acting with “savagery” by killing and
targeting attacks against civilians.
Ubaida said Hamas would target Israeli
public sites such as soccer stadiums
and Israel’s Ben-Gurion International
Airport. — Reuters
Israel braces for long Gaza campaign
Italian authorities say they have found
the bodies of two pilots after a pair of
Tornado fighters crashed following a
mid-air collision, while two other crew
members were still missing.
The country’s air force overnight said
the death toll of yesterday ’s crash in
wooded countryside near Ascoli Piceno
in the Marche region had “risen to two,”
adding that the identity of the pilots had
not yet been established.
According to witnesses, the two
Tornado jets collided before crashing. It
was unclear if any of the crew had been
able to eject before impact.
The planes each had two crew
members on board aged 31 to 36, and
one of the pilots is Mariangela Valentini,
a woman who ser ved with Nato forces in
Afghanistan and Libya.
The fighter jets were based at Brescia in
northern Italy and had been taking part
in training exercises ahead of a larger
Nato operation scheduled for later in
An investigation is under way into the
cause of the accident. — AFP
Two bodies found
after fighters collide
for third of
Aussies: sur vey
It is enough to make you weep
into your morning coffee.
A new sur vey suggests around a
third of all Australians have given
up on achieving their dreams,
with most blaming a lack of cash
Worse still, more than one
in 10 of the people asked by
Suncorp about their life’s
goals admitted they went to
work without any long-term
aspirations in mind.
For most people, however,
things are not so grim.
About two-thirds of the people
sur veyed for the Suncorp report
believed they were already
living their dream, with family
outranking fame and fortune in
the good life stakes.
Among the greatest optimists
were Generation Y, with about a
fifth convinced they would retire
The rest take a less rosy outlook,
with two-thirds of Australians
hoping to call it quits by 70.
Indian yoga guru
Indian yoga guru B K S Iyengar,
who built a global following that
included violin maestro Yehudi
Menuhin and novelist Aldous
Huxley, died overnight, his
website said. He was 95.
“Generations will remember
guru, scholar and a stalwart who
brought yoga into the lives of
many across the world,” Indian
Prime Minister Narendra Modi
said on Twitter. Shri is a title
Bellur Krishnamachar Sun-
dararaja Iyengar took up yoga
at the age of 16 and was named
as one of the world’s most
influential living people by Time
magazine in 2004.
In 1952, the violinist Menuhin
introduced Iyengar to the
western world and connected
him to several other celebrities.
The guru’s style of yoga often
involves using props such as
wooden gadgets and belts to
achieve correct posture.
Iyengar had been suffering
from heart problems, Indian
media reported. — Reuters
An unemployed French woman has been jailed for
calling the police 637 times in the space of 48 hours last
week, French media is reporting.
The 24-year-old was given a six-month jail sentence,
half of which was suspended, on her 12th court
appearance yesterday in the central town of Bourges.
She has been charged with harassing the police.
The woman, who was found by psychiatrists to
be suffering from depression and severe personality
disorders, had been given four months probation for a
similar offence in July, Le Parisien newspaper reported.
She had refused hospital treatment, reports said.
Woman called police 637 times
B K S Iyengar
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