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Kiwi, Briton shot
A British man and a woman from New
Zealand who both worked for an oil eld
maintenance rm were killed execution-style
with shots to the head as they picnicked on
a lonely beach in western Libya, a Libyan
security o cial said overnight.
e two bodies were found on ursday in
the Mellitah area, some 100km west of Tripoli,
near a large oil and gas complex co-owned by
Italy's ENI and a residential complex, security
Libya's security situation has deteriorated in
recent months as the government struggles to
rein in militias and tribesmen who helped to
overthrow Muammar Gadda in 2011 and
kept their guns.
Few foreign companies outside the oil sector
still operate in Libya, and those that do rely
heavily on local sta . Others have moved
expatriates to gated compounds and restricted
their movements, especially at night.
Giving the rst details of the incident, the
security o cial said the Briton, born in 1965,
and the New Zealander, born in 1967, had
been found lying face down on the beach with
gunshot wounds to their heads.
"It doesn't look like a robbery because there
was no break-in at their Toyota car parked
nearby. It was left untouched until we came,"
said the o cial, declining to be named.
"We found the bullets," he said, adding
that the two people appeared to have been
picnicking on the shore.
Both the victims worked for Blue Energy,
an oil eld maintenance rm, and had been
driving to Mellitah in a Tripoli-registered car,
the o cial said.
Britain's Foreign O ce urged Libya to
"continue to do all it can to bring to justice
the perpetrators of this appalling crime, as it
strives to build strong rule of law in Libya".
In a separate incident, authorities released
two Americans detained by the army in the
violent eastern city of Benghazi, the men's
basketball club said.
e men, contracted to play for the Al-Hilal
club, had been detained on the campus of
Benghazi university and taken to the army's
headquarters, Libyan security o cials said on
ursday, without giving any details.
" ey were released last night," Salah al-
Fetouri, president of the club said.
He said the army, which mans checkpoints
and patrols in the city, had been suspicious of
the men because they were out at night in a
campus normally closed to non-students.
"After their identity had been con rmed
they were released," he said. One of the pair
is of Cameroonian origin. ese days few
foreigners live in Benghazi, a city in the
oil-rich east where assassinations and car
bombings are regular occurrences. --- Reuters
People watch as Mount Sinabung spews pyroclastic smoke in Karo District, North Sumatra, Indonesia. e number made homeless
has increased to 19,000 in Western Indonesia as Mount Sinabung continues to spew ash and smoke after several eruptions since
September. Eleven deaths have now been recorded as a result of the eruptions with hundreds more falling ill. O cials expect the
number of evacuees to rise as volcanic activity remains high.
e number of obese and overweight
people in the developing world nearly
quadrupled to almost a billion between
1980 and 2008, a think-tank report
ere are now far more obese or
overweight adults in the developing
world than in richer countries, the
Overseas Development Institute
e London-based institute said
more than a third of all adults around
the world --- 1.46 billion people ---
were obese or overweight.
Between 1980 and 2008, the numbers
of people a ected in the developing
world rose from 250 million to 904
In the developed world, the gure
rose from 321 million to 557 million.
" e growing rates of overweight
and obesity in developing countries are
alarming," ODI research fellow Steve
"On current trends, globally, we will
see a huge increase in the number of
people su ering certain types of cancer,
diabetes, strokes and heart attacks,
putting an enormous burden on public
healthcare systems." e report said
overweight and obesity rates have
almost doubled in China and Mexico
since 1980, and risen by a third in
South Africa. e study said the rise
in obesity was down to diets changing
in developing countries where incomes
were rising, with people shifting away
from cereals and tubers to eating
more meat, fats and sugar. e over-
consumption of food, coupled with
increasingly sedentary lives, was also
to blame. e report said there seemed
to be little will among the public and
leaders to take action on in uencing
diet in the future.
"Governments have focused on
public awareness campaigns, but
evidence shows this is not enough,"
" e lack of action stands in stark
contrast to the concerted public actions
taken to limit smoking in developed
countries. Politicians need to be less
shy about trying to in uence what food
ends up on our plates." --- AFP
Number of obese adults growing in developing world
Gay marriage proponents overnight urged
the US Supreme Court to deny a request
from Utah o cials seeking to block a federal
court ruling that allowed same-sex weddings
to go ahead in the heavily Mormon state.
Now that supporters of gay marriage have
led their response to the state's emergency
stay application, it is up to Justice Sonia
Sotomayor, who handles such requests from
Utah and surrounding states, to decide
whether to grant or deny the stay, or refer the
matter to the court as a whole. ere is no
deadline for her to act.
Hundreds of gay couples in Utah have
received marriage licenses since the December
20 ruling by US district judge Robert Shelby.
e state wants a stay of the ruling while it
appeals to the Denver-based 10th US Circuit
Court of Appeals.
Shelby already declined to stay his ruling
pending appeal, meaning gay and lesbian
couples were able to marry in the state
immediately. e appeals court also declined
to stay the ruling, leaving the US Supreme
Court as the state's last recourse.
Yesterday's court ling by three gay and
lesbian couples noted that the appeals court
already has agreed to hear the case on an
expedited schedule, with brie ng to be
completed by February 25. ey say the state
has failed to show that the appeals court's
earlier denial of a stay was an incorrect
Utah's court ling on Tuesday called the
gay and lesbian marriages that have been
performed in the state "an a ront to the
interests of the state and its citizens in being
able to de ne marriage through ordinary
e application relies in part on the high
court's June decision in United States v
Windsor, which struck down the federal
Defence of Marriage Act (DOMA), but also
said the de nition of marriage was largely a
matter of state law.
e Windsor case was one of two major
rulings concerning gay marriage that the
court ruled on in 2013. e other paved the
way for gay marriage in California.
Utah became the 18th state to extend
marriage rights to gays and lesbians when
Shelby sided with three same-sex couples
in their lawsuit challenging a voter-passed
amendment to the Utah state constitution
that de ned marriage as exclusively between
a man and a woman.
e decision came as a shock to many of
Utah's 2.8 million residents, nearly two-thirds
of whom are members of e Church of Jesus
Christ of Latter-day Saints, or Mormons. e
Church's doctrine states that sexual relations
outside opposite-sex marriage are contrary to
the will of God.
e stay application, if granted, would block
same-sex marriage while the state appeals
Shelby's decision. If the court grants a stay,
the justices would not tackle the merits of the
case at this stage. --- Reuters
Utah gay couples want marriages to continue
Eleven people were shot dead
as supporters of the Muslim
Brotherhood clashed with police
across Egypt overnight, defying
an ever-widening state crackdown
on the movement that ruled the
country until six months ago.
Islamists opposed to the army's
overthrow of President Mohamed
Mursi in July have been holding
daily demonstrations, even after
the army-backed government
declared his Brotherhood
a terrorist group last week,
increasing the penalties for
e government is using the new
classi cation to detain hundreds
of Brotherhood supporters.
ousands more, including top
leaders of the group, have been
in jail for months, arrested in the
aftermath of the army takeover.
e crackdown has reduced but
not entirely broken the ability
of the Brotherhood to mobilise
protests. It has lately been
relying on students to sustain
momentum against what it
refers to as the "putschist regime"
governing Egypt. In the Cairo
district of Nasr City riot police
in bulletproof vests red teargas
at protesters throwing reworks
and stones. Similar clashes
erupted across the country, as
has become commonplace after
midday prayers each Friday, not a
working day in Egypt. e Health
Ministry said three protesters
were killed in di erent districts
in Cairo. A security source said
they died from bullet wounds,
though it was unclear if the police
or armed civilians had shot them.
In a separate incident, showing
the deepening divisions since
Mursi was ousted, a man yelling
insults at pro-Brotherhood
demonstrators marching near
his house was shot dead by the
protesters, a security source said.
A man and a woman protester
were shot dead in the coastal
city of Alexandria, medical and
security sources said. In the rural
province of Fayoum, southwest of
Cairo, three protesters, including
a student, died from bullet
wounds to the chest and head,
local Health Ministry o cial
Medhat Shukri told Reuters.
11 dead after clashes with police
Gunmen have stormed a
prison in south-western Mexico
in an attack that left ve of the
assailants and four inmates dead,
o cials say.
Six armed men entered the
prison in the Guerrero state
town of Igualaon overnight by
posing as public o cials before
ring at inmates and guards,
the state prosecuter's o ce said
in a statement. e gunmen
fooled the guard at the prison
entrance by telling him they were
delivering an inmate sometime
after midnight. "Once in the
prison, the armed group started a
confrontation against inmates and
later against guards in a security
tower," the prosecutor's o ce said.
Two other people were injured
in the attack, according to state
police. e motive behind the
attack was not immediately
known. One of the dead inmates
was a convicted cocaine dealer,
another was a kidnapper and
the two others were imprisoned
for carrying illegal weapons.
e National Human Rights
Commission said in November
that violence has increased in
Mexico's prisons, the majority of
which are controlled by inmates.
Gunmen storm Mexican prison
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