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David Sweat, one of two New York
State inmates who escaped from prison
three weeks ago, was shot by police near
the Canadian border and rushed to a
local hospital overnight, two days after
his accomplice was killed, authorities
His capture was the dramatic climax
of a massive manhunt for Sweat and
his fellow inmate Richard Matt,
who were discovered missing from
the Clinton Correctional Facility in
Dannemora, New York, on June 6. Some
1300 members of law enforcement
organisations took part in the search
through the forests and bogs of northern
Sweat, 35, was shot and taken into
custody in the town of Constable, New
York, about 40km north of D uane,
where his accomplice was shot and killed
on Friday, New York State Police said in
a statement. Constable is just 8km south
of New York’s border with the Canadian
province of Quebec.
A State police officer who spotted
“a suspicious man walking down a
roadway ” about 3.20pm local time,
shot and injured Sweat, the statement
said. He was taken into custody alive,
and then taken to a local hospital for
treatment of his injuries.
Details on his condition were not
immediately clear. The Buffalo News
reported that Sweat was bleeding badly
from “ life-threatening” wounds, while
Plattsburgh’s Press-Republican said he
was in a stable condition.
CNN showed a photograph of Sweat
after he was captured, seated on the
ground in a dark jacket and muddy
An Albany Times Union reporter said
on Twitter that Sweat was taken to a
hospital in Malone, New York, and that
he would be flown to a hospital in the
State capital of Albany.
Capturing the suspect alive would
enable New York State prison
authorities to learn more about how the
pair managed to break out and use that
information to tighten security.
In their audacious break-out, the pair
cut through cell walls, climbed along a
catwalk, shimmied through a steam pipe
and emerged from a manhole outside
prison walls, authorities said.
Matt, 49, was shot and killed on Friday
near Malone, about 43km north-west
of the maximum-security prison, by a
member of the United States Customs
and Border Protection tactical unit.
Post-mortem examination results
released earlier yesterday showed he was
shot three times in the head and died of
severe skull fractures and brain injuries.
Matt also had bug bites, blisters and
minor abrasions “consistent with living
in the woods for three weeks,” the New
York State police said in a statement.
The manhunt for the pair had scoured
a remote, heavily-wooded area where
law enforcement agents worked around
the clock in driving rain using infrared
devices and listening posts.
The Buffalo News reported earlier
that Sweat ’s DNA had been found on a
pepper shaker, about 1.6km from where
Matt was shot, citing a law enforcement
source. It said pepper is often used by
people on the run to try to throw off
Sweat had been ser ving a life sentence
without parole in 2003 for killing a New
York sheriff ’s deputy.
Matt was convicted in the 1997
torture, murder and dismemberment of
his boss in Tonawanda, New York. After
he apparently fired a shot at a passing
motorist on Friday, officers spotted and
confronted him outside a cabin.
He was shot and killed after he refused
to comply with orders to put down a
shotgun he was holding, police said.
The Buffalo News has reported that
Matt, who turned 49 the day before,
may have been intoxicated, citing the
owner of a burgled cabin who said he
had found empty liquor bottles.
Police said toxicology results were
pending. — Reuters
Jihadists execute 3000 in Syria over past year
The Islamic State group has
executed more than 3000 people in
Syria, including hundreds of civilians,
in the year since it declared its self-
described “caliphate”, a monitoring
The Syrian Obser vatory for Human
Rights, a Britain-based group
monitoring Syria’s conflict, said
overnight it had documented 3027
executions by IS since June 29, 2014.
Among those executed were 1787
civilians, including 74 children, the
Obser vatory said.
Members of the Sunni Shaitat
tribe account for around half of the
IS killed 930 members of the clan
in Deir Ezzor last year after they
rose up against the extremist Sunni
The toll also includes recent mass
killings by IS in the Syrian Kurdish
town of Kobane, which the jihadist
group re-entered briefly this week
after being expelled in January.
The monitor said it had counted
at least 223 executions in the border
town this week.
The Obser vatory also documented
216 IS executions of rival rebel
factions and Kurdish fighters, as
well as the executions of nearly 900
IS has also executed 143 of its
own members it accused of crimes
including spying, many of them
captured as they were trying to desert
the group, the Obser vatory said.
At least 8000 IS militants have been
killed in battles and United States-
led air strikes, added the monitor.
IS emerged in Syria in 2013,
growing from al-Qaeda’s one-time
Iraq affiliate and initially seeking to
merge with al-Qaeda’s Syrian affiliate
When Al-Nusra refused the
merger, the two groups become
rivals, and IS went on to announce
its “caliphate” in territory in Syria
and Iraq last year, proclaiming
its leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi
“Caliph Ibrahim”. — AFP
Serbia unveiled a statue
overnight of the man whose
killing of Archduke Franz
Ferdinand 101 years ago lit the
fuse for World War One, feting
an assassin who still divides his
Many Serbs regard Gavrilo
Princip, a Bosnian Serb, as a
pan-Slavic hero, the shot he fired
in Sarajevo on June 28, 1914,
marking the death knell for
centuries of foreign occupation
over the various nations and
faiths that would make up the
Yugoslavia that emerged.
To others he is a terrorist, a
nationalist fanatic whose act
triggered a war in which 10
million soldiers died and the
world order was rewritten.
The former was the official line
during socialist Yugoslavia, but as
the federation crumbled in war in
the 1990s so too did perceptions
“Gavrilo Princip was a hero,
he was a symbol of an idea of
liberation,” Serbian President
Tomislav Nikolic said at the
ceremony attended by several
“Others can think whatever they
want to,” he said.
The 2m tall bronze statue was a
gift of Bosnia’s autonomous Serb
Republic, one of two regions that
share power in Bosnia since a
1992-95 war in which 100,000
people were killed. It will stand
in a square near the Serbian
government headquarters and
the finance ministry, not far from
the Belgrade restaurant Princip
frequented when he and his
accomplices were planning the
Bosnia’s Muslim Bosniaks and
Catholic Croats do not share
the Orthodox Serbs’ reverence of
Princip. Bosnian Serbs built their
own statue of Princip a year ago to
mark 100 years since he shot dead
the heir to the Austro-Hungarian
throne during a visit to Sarajevo.
Spared the death sentence
because he was not yet 20, Princip
died of tuberculosis in his jail cell
in 1918. — Reuters
Serbia fetes assassin who sparked Great War
Bosnian actor Jovan Mojsilovic poses with a plastic replica gun during a ceremony of unveiling the stat-
ue of Gavrilo Princip in Istocno, Sarajevo. Marking the centennial of the beginning of World War One
in their own way, Bosnian Serbs have unveiled a monument of Princip in the eastern part of Sarajevo to
the man who ignited the war by assassinating the Austro-Hungarian crown prince on June 28, 1914.
Greece will introduce capital
controls and keep its banks closed
today after international creditors
refused to extend the country’s
bailout and savers queued to
withdraw cash, taking Athens’ stand-
off to a dangerous new level.
The Athens stock exchange will also
be closed as the government tries to
manage the financial fallout of the
disagreement with the European
and the International
Greece’s banks, kept afloat by
emergency funding from the
European Central Bank, are on the
front line as Athens moves towards
defaulting on a 1.6 billion euros
payment due to the International
Monetary Fund tomorrow.
Greece blamed the ECB, which had
made it difficult for the banks to open
because it froze the level of funding
support rather than increasing it
to cover a rise in withdrawals from
worried depositors, for the moves.
Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said
the decision to reject Greece’s request
for a short extension of the bailout
programme was “an unprecedented
act ” that called into question the
ability of a country to decide an issue
affecting its sovereign rights.
“This decision led the ECB to limit
the liquidity of Greek banks and
forced the central bank of Greece
to propose a bank holiday and a
restriction on bank withdrawals,” he
said in a televised address.
Amid drama in Greece, where a
c lear majority of people want to
remain inside the euro, the next few
days present a major challenge to
the integrity of the 16-year-old euro
zone currency bloc. The consequences
for markets and the wider financial
system are unclear.
government had for months been
negotiating a deal to release funding
in time for its IMF payment. Then
suddenly, in the early hours of
Saturday, Tspiras asked for extra
time to enable Greeks to vote in a
referendum on the terms of the deal.
Creditors turned down this request,
leaving little option for Greece but to
default, piling further pressure on the
country’s banking system.
The creditors want Greece to cut
pensions and raise taxes in ways
that Tsipras has long argued would
deepen one of the worst economic
crises of modern times in a country
where a quarter of the workforce is
Pro-European Greek opposition
parties have united in condemning
the decision to call the referendum
on the bailout terms, but many people
“I want him (Tsipras) to knock his
fist on the table and to say, ‘Enough’, ”
Athens resident Evgenoula said.
Many leading economists have voiced
sympathy with the Greek government ’s
argument that further cuts in spending
risk choking off the growth which
would give Greece some prospect of
servicing debts worth nearly twice its
annual national income.
The IMF has pressed European
governments to ease Athens’ debt
burden, something most say they will
only do when Greece first shows it is
trimming its budget.
Long lines formed outside many
ATMs overnight, including some
of 40 to 50 people outside some in
The Bank of Greece said it was
making “huge efforts” to ensure the
machines remained stocked.
The German foreign ministry said
tourists heading to Greece should
take plenty of cash to avoid possible
problems with local banks and some
tourists said they were joining the
“I am trying to go over to the
bigger banks,” Cassandra Preston, a
Canadian tourist, said. “ I am here for
another month and I would like to
make sure I have some cash on me.”
The ECB has kept the banks afloat
in recent days with increases in its
funding line, a form of overdraft with
the euro zone’s central bank system.
But overnight it said it would
hold the funding line at the same
level as Friday, despite the deposit
outflows. The central bank said it was
monitoring the situation and stood
ready “to reconsider its decision”.
There is growing opposition to the
funding line because it would fall to
the bloc ’s other members to pay if
Greece were to leave the euro zone.
International Monetary Fund boss
Christine Lagarde said that if the July
5 vote produced “a resounding yes” to
remain in the euro and fix the Greek
economy then the creditors would be
willing to make an effort. — Reuters
Run on banks feared as Greece denied more cash
Builder threw tiles
on gunman’s head
A builder emerged as
the unlikely hero of the
he managed to stop the
gunman’s rampage by
throwing tiles on his head.
Moncef Mayal, 56, was
standing on a rooftop
terrace as the gunman
prowled the streets near
the Imperial Marhaba
Hotel after his rampage at
Armed with a Kalashnikov and
grenades, Seifeddine Rezgui gunned
down tourists on a private beach at
popular resort El Kantaoui near Sousse,
and then moved methodically through
the grounds of the luxury hotel to the
swimming pool, reception area and
But then Mayal picked up a stack
of terracotta roof tiles and threw it on
the head of the gunman, causing him
to stumble. At that point, around 25
minutes after his murderous spree
began, Tunisian security forces shot
Mayal told Channel 4
News: “It was my duty to
do it as a Tunisian and as
a Muslim,” before breaking
down in tears.
Thousands of terrified
families were flown home
from Tunisia yesterday in
one of the biggest airlifts
organised by British tour
Wave after wave of empty
aircraft were dispatched
from the United Kingdom in response
to pleas by British visitors traumatised
by the beach massacre at the weekend
and desperate to return home to worried
Upwards of 30 Britons were killed in
the attack, Britain’s worst loss of life in
a terror incident since the 2005 London
Three Irish citizens, one Belgian and a
German were also among the 39 victims.
Another 39 people were wounded,
including 25 Britons, in the attack
which was claimed by Isis (Islamic
State), which controls large parts of Iraq
and Syria. — PA-AFP-AP
British death toll set to top 30
The British death toll in the Tunisian
beach massacre is expected to double to
at least 30, sources say.
The latest figure comes after British
Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond
warned that it was highly likely a
“significant number” of victims yet to be
identified would be British.
A total of 38 people were killed when
a gunman opened fire on a beach in the
Sousse resort on Saturday, with the the
Foreign Office already confirming 15 of
them were from Britain.
Home Secretary Theresa May also
said the British deaths figure was
expected to rise as more information
Three Irish people are also among the
dead. — PA
An historic meeting between
Pope Francis and Patriarch Kirill
of the Russian Orthodox Church
is “getting closer every day,” a
senior Orthodox prelate said in an
inter view published overnight.
would be a significant step towards
healing the 1000-year-old rift
between the western and eastern
branches of Christianity, which
split in the Great Schism of 1054.
“Now such a meeting is getting
closer every day but it must be well
prepared,” Metropolitan Hilarion,
the head of the Russian Orthodox
department, said in an inter view
with Italy’s Corriere della Sera
He said the meeting between the
head of the 1.2 billion member
Roman Catholic Church and
the head of Russian Orthodox
Church — which counts some 165
million of the world’s 250 million
Orthodox Christians — would take
place in a “neutral” country, not in
Moscow or the Vatican. Austria or
Hungary were possibilities, he said.
Hilarion, one of the most
influential people in
Orthodoxy, said he could not say
if the meeting could take place
as early as this year, but there was
currently “a good dynamic” between
the two Churches.
Pope Francis told reporters on
the plane returning from a trip to
Turkey last year that he had sent
word to Patriarch Kirill that he
was willing to meet the Russian
patriarch “wherever you want, you
call me and I’ll come”.
The Russian Orthodox Church
has accused Catholics of using their
new freedoms of religion following
the break-up of the Soviet Union
in the early 1990s to try to convert
people from the Orthodox, a charge
the Vatican has denied.
One of the biggest bones of
contention is the fate of many
church properties that Soviet
dictator Josef Stalin confiscated
from Eastern Rite Catholics, who
worship in an Orthodox rite but
owe their allegiance to Rome.
Stalin gave the property to the
Russian Orthodox Church but
after the fall of communism,
Eastern Rite Catholics took back
many church properties, mostly in
western Ukraine. — Reuters
Meeting of Pope, Russian
Orthodox Church head closer
Pope Francis has told the Bolivian
government that he would like to
chew coca leaves when he visits
the Andean country next month,
a Bolivian minister said on State
television and radio overnight.
Situated about 3650m above sea
level, La Paz is one of the world’s
highest capital cities and for
centuries local people have chewed
coca leaves to ward off the effects
Although it is the key ingredient
in cocaine, the unprocessed leaf is
legal to use and still widely chewed
in Bolivia and other Andean
countries. Many indigenous people,
including Bolivian President
Evo Morales, defend its use and
consider it a sacred plant.
“ We offered (the Pope) coca tea or
something for the altitude,” Culture
Minister Marko Machicao said an
inter view with broadcasters.
“He has specifically requested that
he wants to chew coca, so we will be
awaiting the Holy Father with the
sacred coca leaf,” he said.
The Vatican was not immediately
available to comment.
In his second official visit to Latin
America since his 2013 election,
the Argentinian Pope will be in
Ecuador, Bolivia and Paraguay
between July 6 and 12. — Reuters
Pope Francis plans to chew coca leaves
Cape Canaveral (Florida)
An unmanned Space Exploration
Technologies rocket exploded about
two minutes after lift-off from Florida
overnight, destroying a cargo ship bound
for the International Space Station
in the latest in a string of mishaps in
supplying the orbiting outpost.
The 63m Falcon 9 rocket, built
and flown by the company known as
Space X that is owned by technology
entrepreneur Elon Musk, had previously
made 18 successful launches since its
2010 debut. Those included six cargo
runs for Nasa under a 15-flight contract
worth more than $2 billion.
The accident soon after lift-off from
Cape Canaveral air force station was
the second successive botched mission
to resupply the space station. A Russian
Progress cargo ship failed to reach the
outpost in April following a problem
with its Soyuz launcher. Russia plans to
launch a replacement capsule on Friday.
of research equipment on this flight,”
Nasa associate administrator Bill
Gerstenmaier told a news conference.
The explosion also marks a setback for
Space X, which was poised to compete
for the first time against United Launch
Alliance, a joint venture of Lockheed
Martin Corp and Boeing Co and the
current sole launch provider for military
and spy satellite launches, to launch a
GPS III satellite.
An investigation into the explosion
will ground the Falcon 9 rockets for “a
number of months or so” but less than
a year, Space X president Gwynne
Shotwell told the news conference.
A preliminary analysis indicated a
problem with the rocket ’s upper-stage
engine, Space X founder Elon Musk
said on Twitter.
The International Space Station crew
two Russian cosmonauts and an
American astronaut — has about four
months of food and supplies on board, so
the accident does not pose an immediate
problem for them.
The lost spacecraft carried 2477kg of
food, clothing, equipment and science
experiments for the station, a $100
billion research laboratory that flies
about 420km above Earth.
The gear included the first of two
docking systems for space taxis under
development by Space X and Boeing
to park at the station. Nasa hopes to
turn over crew transportation to the
American companies before the end of
2017, breaking Russia’s monopoly.
Space station supply
The United States Episcopal Church
has elected Bishop Michael Curry as its
next presiding bishop, making him the
first African-American leader of the 2.5
“ Nothing can stop the movement of
God’s love in this world,” Curry said at
the church’s 77th General Convention,
held in Salt Lake City, Utah.
The clergyman, known for an
energetic preaching style, has said he
would focus on evangelism and acts
of ser vice, along with a “churchwide
“In this mission moment of the
church’s life,” he said, “the primary role
of the presiding bishop must be CEO
in another sense: Chief Evangelism
Officer, to encourage, inspire and
support us all to claim the calling of the
Chicago native Curry, 62, earlier ser ved
in Baltimore, Maryland; since 2000,
he has been bishop of the Episcopal
Diocese of North Carolina. He studied
divinity at Yale University.
The US Episcopal Church is a branch
of the 80 million-member Anglican
Communion, with churches across the
globe and its origins in the Church of
Curry, known for espousing what
he calls “radical hospitality” and the
Christian message of God’s grace and
love, will take over from Presiding
Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori, who
was the faith’s first female presiding
bishop. She finishes her nine-year term
on November 1. — AFP
Episcopal Church elects
first black bishop
In its bid to become a power in music
streaming, Apple is devoting its vast
resources to create what it hopes will be
a first truly global radio station.
The $US750 billion ($1099 billion)
company, whose iTunes revolutionised
how disparate parts of the world buy
music, launches Apple Music tomorrow
night as it sees consumer trends shift
to streaming, which allows on-demand
unlimited content on-line.
At the heart of the strategy is Beats 1,
which bills itself as a first global radio
station and will be available in more
than 100 countries.
Beats 1 will be free even without a
subscription to Apple Music, whose
streaming platform costs $9.99 a month
after a trial period — a key distinction
from streaming leader Spotify, which
offers a free tier for on-demand music
despite criticism from some artists.
Apple Music has sought to make a
splash through big names on Beats 1,
poaching the influential New Zealand-
born DJ Zane Lowe from BBC Radio 1.
The company has not named a full
list of presenters, but Lowe in a profile
by The New York Times said that pop
icon Elton John, Happy singer and
producer Pharrell Williams, rap mogul
Dr Dre and prominent indie rocker St
Vincent had all been enlisted to host
Williams will debut a song for the
launch of Apple Music, which enjoyed
a dramatic boost when superstar
Taylor Swift said she would stream her
blockbuster album 1989 only on Apple
Swift made the announcement days
after threatening to boycott Apple
Music for not paying royalties for
streams during the free trial period,
quickly leading the company to reverse
Even if Apple is a major power in
music, music is a small part of the
company ’s bottom line.
The iTunes store and other ser vices
made up less than 9% of Apple’s revenue
in the quarter through March 28.
To many analysts, the concerted —
and without doubt pricey — push into
streaming and radio is aimed less at
dominating the music industry than at
promoting Apple’s key earner: iPhones.
Beats 1 “reinforces the cultural
relevance of Apple as a fashion brand.
Music is central to pop culture, and music
is all about musicians and artists,” Mark
Ramsey, a media strategist and author of
two books on the radio industry, said.
He said that Beats 1 will offer
Apple Music a public face — an asset
sorely lacking for Spotify, whose most
identifiable figure is Daniel Ek, its
young Swedish chief whose style is more
investor than rock star.
But Ramsey said that Apple Music
could ultimately benefit Spotify and
other rivals, especially those with free
tiers, by introducing streaming to the
“ If Apple Music boosts the market for
streaming radio, it ’s going to float all the
boats,” he said. — AFP
global radio station
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