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A young man bathes in the rubble of his destroyed house in the devastated town of Tanuan, south of Tacloban in the Philippines. Typhoon Haiyan ripped through Philippines and has
been described as one of the most powerful typhoons ever to hit land, leaving thousands dead and hundreds of thousands homeless. Countries all over the world have pledged relief aid to
help support those a ected by the typhoon, however damage to the airport and roads have made moving the aid into the most a ected areas very di cult. With dead bodies left out in the
open air and very limited food, water and shelter, health concerns are growing.
Toronto city council voted to strip
scandal-plagued Mayor Rob Ford
of some of his powers overnight but
Ford, who admits he smoked crack
cocaine while in o ce, promised to
challenge the moves in court.
With few legal mechanisms available
to remove Ford from o ce, Toronto
city councillors across the political
spectrum have been searching for
ways to curb the power of the populist
mayor, who was elected in 2010 on a
promise to save taxpayers' money.
Ford said he understood why
councillors were voting to reduce
his power, but said he has no option
but to launch a legal challenge, even
though it will waste the city's money
in legal fees.
"If I would have had a mayor acting
the way I've conducted myself, I would
have done the exact same thing," Ford
said of council's vote.
"Obviously, in my situation I have to
support myself, and I think anybody
in my position would have done the
In comments that have made
international headlines, Ford has
admitted to buying illegal drugs and
driving after consuming alcohol, as
well as to having used crack. But he
says he was elected to do a job and
that he will not step down.
He has also vowed to run for mayor
again in next October's election.
Council voted 39 to three to suspend
the mayor's ability to appoint and
dismiss the deputy mayor and the
heads of council committees. Ford and
his brother, Councillor Doug Ford,
and one other councillor voted no.
Council also voted 41 to two to
give the deputy mayor, rather than
the mayor, special powers during
emergencies such as natural disasters.
Only the Ford brothers voted no.
"We have been frankly fortunate
that no emergencies have landed on
the same dates on which we know
the mayor's judgment may have
been impaired," Cr John Filion, who
proposed the changes said.
" e members of council that I've
spoken to do not wish to push our
luck on that."
Councillors, some of whom have
pointedly turned their backs on
Ford while he has spoken in recent
meetings, are expected on Monday to
consider slashing his o ce budget.
e furor over the mayor's drug use
emerged in the spring after US media
blog Gawker and the Toronto Star
newspaper both said they had viewed
a cellphone video that appeared to
show him smoking crack cocaine.
Ford spent months dodging
questions about the video, but
admitted earlier this month that
he had used the drug "in one of my
e saga, punctuated by Ford's
combative exchanges with reporters
and by his emotional apologies, has
trans xed Toronto residents and late-
night comedy writers alike.
On ursday afternoon, the mayor
apologised for an obscene outburst
made as he denied an allegation he had
made sexual overtures to an employee.
He said he is getting professional help
regarding his drinking. ---Reuters
Scandal-plagued mayor stripped of some powers
Colombo-Ja na, Sri Lanka
Crowds of protesters met British
Prime Minister David Cameron in the
north of Sri Lanka overnight, some
surging towards his vehicle brandishing
photos of relatives lost in the country's
long civil war that ended four years ago.
Cameron visited the city of Ja na in
the ethnic Tamil-dominated region of
the island after attending the opening
ceremony of the Commonwealth
summit in the capital Colombo. e
biennial meeting of mainly former
British colonies has this year brought
intense scrutiny of Sri Lanka's human
"I think it's important to shine a
spotlight on what's happened in this
country and to speak up against abuses
that have taken place," he said in a
muddy shanty town of people pushed
o their own land by the military 23
Rival protesters met Cameron on
his tour of the town, including Tamils
seeking his support in locating missing
relatives and also government supporters
who waved placards that read "We are
not a colony" in opposition to his visit.
Sri Lanka's President Mahinda
Rajapaksa had hoped the meeting,
which two heads of government have
boycotted, would prove an advertisement
for progress and economic growth in
the island state of 21 million o India's
Instead, the build-up to the summit
has been overshadowed by allegations
of state-sponsored rape and torture, and
by political pressure, including from
Separatist Tamil rebels with a
preference for suicide bombers battled
government forces for 26 years until an
army o ensive crushed them in 2009.
AUN panel has said around 40,000
mainly Tamil civilians died in the nal
months of the o ensive. Both sides
committed atrocities but army shelling
killed most victims, it concluded.
e United Nations wants an
international inquiry into allegations of
war crimes in the nal months of the
Opening the summit, Rajapaksa
defended the government after saying
this week it had "nothing to hide".
"We in Sri Lanka are stepping into a
new era of peace, stability and premium
economic opportunities," he told
government leaders and o cials from
"In ending terrorism in 2009 we
asserted the greatest human right, the
right to live."
After Cameron returned from Ja na
he met Rajapaksa and raised concerns
about displaced people, land issues, the
military presence and devolving powers
to the north, the Sri Lankan government
said in a statement.
Rakapaksa told him it was only four
years since the war had ended and the
country needed more time to overcome
Many buildings in Ja na are still
bombed out skeletons despite a surge of
While there, Cameron visited a
recently rebuilt library and a Tamil
newspaper often targeted by unknown
gunmen who have killed six journalists
At the library his car was nearly
surrounded by a group of mainly women
protesters who say their loved ones were
taken by the army during the war and
have never been returned to them. e
women pressed pictures of the missing
against the windows of a media bus and
surged towards Cameron's vehicle after
pushing through police lines.
e Commonwealth, comprising 53
countries, has little power, but wields
some in uence in mediating disputes
between members. --- Reuters
A Chicago computer hacker tied
to the group known as Anonymous
was sentenced overnight to 10 years
in prison for cyber attacks on various
government agencies and businesses,
including a global intelligence
Jeremy Hammond, 28, was
handed the maximum term in the
December 2011 hacking of Strategic
Forecasting Inc, an attack his lawyers
contend was driven by concern about
the role of private rms in gathering
intelligence domestically and abroad.
Prosecutors say the hack of Austin,
Texas-based Strategic Forecasting,
or Stratfor, resulted in the theft of
60,000 credit card numbers and
records for 860,000 clients, which
were then uploaded online.
Hammond admitted being behind
it in May.
He also admitted to hacking
several law enforcement agencies
and organisations, including the
Arizona Department of Public
Safety, releasing personal details
of o cers as part of an attack by
the Anonymous-a liated group
Hammond's lawyers argued their
client should be sentenced to only
time he had already served since his
March 2012 arrest, portraying him as
a political activist and whistleblower.
As part of the Stratfor attack,
Hammond's lawyers said he turned
over company e-mails to the anti-
secrecy group Wikileaks, which has
since selectively released documents
revealing the rm's dealings with
clients including Goldman Sachs
Group Inc and Coca-Cola Company.
Chief judge Loretta Preska of the
US District Court in Manhattan
imposed the 10-year term, and also
ordered Hammond to ser ve three
years of supervised release.
e defendant had pleaded guilty
to a single charge of conspiracy to
engage in computer hacking.
Hammond's sentencing drew
more than 250 letters of support
from family, friends and activists,
including Daniel Ellsberg, the
former US military analyst who in
1971 released the Pentagon Papers,
the top secret US report on its role in
the Vietnam War. --- Reuters
Computer hacker jailed for 10 years
A 25-year-old US ban on any
rearms that can escape discovery
by a metal detector is scheduled
to expire next month, just as law
enforcement o cials say they are
closely watching the proliferation of
plastic guns made with 3D printers.
Attorney General Eric Holder
said overnight that if the 1988
Undetectable Firearms Act is
allowed to end, plastic guns made
with the fast-evolving 3D printing
technology could be smuggled more
" is is a very worrisome threat to
law enforcement and to people who
y every day.
"We can't have guns legally in
circulation that are not detectable
by metal detectors," Holder said in
e law is due to expire on
December 9, according to the
Justice Department. Democrats in
the Senate and House of
legislation months ago to renew the
ban, but their proposals have not
New 3D printers have been used to
build working rearms, in addition
to medical devices, furniture and an
array of other objects.
Americans generally may make
guns for personal use, but the
1988 law prohibits anyone from
making a gun that, after removal
of grips, stocks and magazines, is
imperceptible by a metal detector.
Holder said a renewed ban on
undetectable guns "should enjoy
broad, bipartisan support."
Democratic Senator Charles
Schumer of New York said in a
statement that lawmakers "are
actively exploring all options to pass
legislation that will eliminate the
threat of completely undetectable
weapons." --- Reuters
Legislation should eliminate threat of undetectable weapons
by Dave Green 615 Di culty Level
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1. In which year was tobacco advertising banned from radio and television in
New Zealand: 1963, 1978 or 1993?
2. Which planet is named after the Roman god of agriculture?
3. What is the most common name given to the plant brassica oleracea?
4. It's described as 'an everyday story of country folk'. What is it?
5. Vivaldi's Opus 8, Nos 1-4, is better known by what name?
6. Which fictional detective lives in the village of St Mary Mead?
7. What is the name of Dunedin's deep-water port, located 14km north east of the city?
8. The letters GT are attached to the names of many sports cars: what do they stand for?
9. Which TV series had a theme song which started: So no one told you life was going
to be this way?
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Labour get re-elected, and a 6.3 earthquake hit eastern Bay of Plenty?
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