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Rescue workers pulled bodies from the
ruins of a collapsed supermarket in the
Latvian capital Riga yesterday as the
death toll rose to 47 in the Baltic State's
worst disaster in decades.
Cranes lifted large slabs from the
wreckage of the Maxima store, in a
Riga suburb of grey, Soviet-era housing,
to nd those trapped after the roof
collapsed when it was full of shoppers
on their way home from work.
Rescue workers cleared away rubble
from the store, which had occupied
about 1500 square metres, as ambulances
and re engines stood by.
Police said the death toll had reached
47, including three rescue workers.
irty eight more were injured.
"In the past hours, no survivors have
been found," Viktorija Sembele, a rescue
service spokeswoman, said.
To help rescuers look for people in
places where shoppers actually were
during the collapse, police have created
a map based on tapes from security
Latvian public television said as many
as 40 people could still be trapped in the
rubble, based on information from the
cameras, but neither Sembele nor police
could con rm the gure.
"Every hour, air temperature, high air
moisture --- they are factors that reduce
possibility to nd some survivor. But, of
course, hope always remains," Armands
Plorins, chief of emergency ambulance
service told TV.
e cause of the collapse remains
unknown, but Interior Minister Rihards
Kozlovskis said: "It is clear that there
has been a problem with ful lment of
Local media said workers had
been building a roof garden on the
supermarket, a single-storey building
located about a 30-minute drive from
the city centre.
Soil, grass and parts of a new walkway
could be seen dangling from the edges of
the collapsed rooftop.
Prime Minister Valdis Dombrovskis
announced three days of mourning and
said the collapse had shattered Latvia, a
former Soviet republic which joined the
European Union nearly a decade ago
and will join the euro zone next year.
"In our thoughts we are together
with all those stricken by this tragedy,"
Dombrovskis said. "No matter what the
cause of the tragedy is, the number of
victims is too big."
Among other post-Soviet disasters
to hit the country of two million, 23
Latvians perished along with about 800
others in 1994 when an Estonian ferry
sank in the Baltic Sea. Twenty-six people
died in 2007 in a blaze at a Latvian care
Earlier in the day, about 50 people
gathered near the ruins for news of
relatives, while others brought candles
"I have a wife there. ere is no
information about her, whether she is
dead or alive. Wherever I call, there is no
information," Igor Umanov told Reuters
Television. He said he believed his wife
A girl at the scene told public radio she
had gone into the shop with her mother
when a concrete block collapsed between
them and that she was nearly buried in
rubble. She managed to escape but had
not yet found her mother.
Other witnesses said there was a loud
noise and the store went dark. People
escaped through holes in the windows.
Rescue workers were called late on
ursday to the store, which according
to local media had been awarded an
architecture prize when it was completed
in 2011. Several were injured by a
second collapse because of the building's
weakened structure. --- Reuters
A crane removes debris from the collapsed supermarket.
Supermarket death toll reaches 47
Dallas observed the 50th anniversary of
President John F Kennedy's assassination
with its rst o cial ceremony to mark the
event seen as the darkest day in the city's
Kennedy was remembered with prayers,
a speech by Mayor Mike Rawlings and
military jets ying over the city's Dealey
Plaza, where Kennedy was shot.
e ceremony coincided with the time of
day Kennedy's motorcade passed through
packed downtown streets 50 years ago. Only
5000 people were able to view ceremonies in
Dealey Plaza but video screens were set up
For previous anniversaries, conspiracy
theorists who say there was a plot to kill
Kennedy have usually taken over Dealey
Plaza, denouncing the o cial line that Lee
Har vey Oswald acted alone and red three
shots at Kennedy from the sixth oor of the
Texas School Book Depository building.
ey have come to Dallas in force this year
but will not be part of the o cial event.
"We want to mark this tragic day by
remembering a great president with the
sense of dignity and history he deserves,"
In recent days, the city removed a large
X embedded into the pavement by an
unknown person or people that marked the
spot on Elm Street where Kennedy was shot
in the head.
e X had been seen as tasteless by many
while the o cial observance --- a small
plaque on the plaza's noted "grassy knoll" ---
had been criticised as inadequate.
After thousands of books, news articles, tv
shows, movies and documentaries on that
fateful day in Dallas, surveys show a majority
of Americans still believe in the conspiracy
theories, distrusting evidence pointing to
Oswald as the sole killer.
A banner of President John F Kennedy is put in place as crowds gather in Dealey Plaza for commemorative ceremonies marking the
50th anniversary of his assassination in Dallas, Texas.
Dallas removes 'X' for JFK anniversary
ree women held captive in a
London house for 30 years were
beaten and brainwashed, police
have said as Britain struggled
to comprehend its worst case of
Commander Steve Rodhouse
of Scotland Yard said
detectives were trying to
understand the "invisible
handcu s" used to control the
women, including a 30-year-old
who had spent her entire life in
"What we have uncovered
so far is a complicated and
disturbing picture of emotional
control over many years,"
Rodhouse told reporters.
"Brainwashing would be a
simple term but I think that
belittles the years of emotional
abuse these victims have had to
He also revealed that the two
suspects in the case, a man and
a woman both aged 67 who
were arrested at a house in south
London on ursday, had been
detained before, in the 1970s,
but gave no further details.
Accused of involvement in
forced labour and domestic
servitude, as well as immigration
o ences, the pair --- who are
both foreign nationals --- have
been bailed until January.
eir passports have been
con scated and they are not
allowed to return to the house.
e women were rescued on
October 25, one week after rst
making secret telephone contact
with a charity.
ey are a 69-year-old
Malaysian, a 57-year-old from
Ireland and the 30-year-old
Briton. Detectives do not
believe the women were sexually
exploited or had been the
victims of human tra cking,
but received "beatings".
Explaining the gap between
the liberation of the women and
the arrests of the two suspects,
police said they had to be
patient in trying to understand
the women's accounts.
In ursday's raid in the
borough of Lambeth, the
suspects' address was searched
for 12 hours. Some 55 bags of
evidence were seized, amounting
to more than 2500 exhibits.
Police say the investigation
could take weeks or months.
UK slave women
'beaten and brainwashed'
A 33-year-old Australian
cricket fan has been charged
with animal cruelty after a live
pig was allegedly smuggled
into the Brisbane Ashes
cricket ground disguised as a
Police say security guards
spotted it wrapped in a towel
and being carried in a baby
harness during the rst day's
play on ursday.
It is believed it had its snout
taped shut so it could not squeal
and alert security at the ground.
But it was discovered and police
e pig, called Ash and
weighing 10-12kg, is being cared
for by the RSPCA after being
sent to them in a distressed state
on ursday night.
" ere were thoughts it might
not survive the night," RSPCA
spokesman Michael Beatty told
"It was really stressed out and
dehydrated when it came in last
night. It's just laying in a corner
and not moving.
"It is not a happy pig at all."
Ash is thought to be a young
domestic brown dwarf pig, only
four to ve months old.
Police would not speculate on
whether the pig was destined for
release onto the pitch.
e 33-year-old man,
from Wellington Point in
Brisbane's east, will appear
in the Brisbane Magistrates'
Court on December 12.
Cricket fan disguises pig as baby
Animal rights campaigners
have launched a poster
campaign urging Chinese diners
to turn down cat and dog dishes,
with the group calling for the
creatures to be considered
"friends not food".
e 279 adverts were put up
in 14 cities including Beijing,
Shanghai and Guangzhou,
Hong Kong-based campaign
group Animals Asia said.
Cat and dog meat is not
widely eaten in China but can
be found at some restaurants,
particularly in the south, where
they are sometimes considered
specialties.But as the country has
grown wealthier pet ownership
has increased, and more than
30 million households now
keep a cat or dog. Animals Asia
appeared to be trying to tap into
that growing demographic.
One poster showed a small
girl sitting with two dogs while
a human hand aimed a pair of
chopsticks at one of the animals.
On its website Animals Asia
said the posters were intended
"to prompt people to re-
evaluate why they'd eat anim
als they might otherwise
consider friends not food".
Chinese urged not to eat dog, cat
by Dave Green 616 Di culty Level
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