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refuses to rule
out nuclear test
Chinese relatives of passengers on board the missing Malaysia Airlines ight MH370 hold China's national ag during a
news conference at e Holiday Villa in Subang Jaya, Malaysia.
Relatives demand apology Seoul
North Korea says it "will not
rule out" a new nuclear test as
it defended its recent mid-range
missile launch which triggered
"(We) will not rule out a new
form of a nuclear test aimed
at strengthening our nuclear
deterrence," Pyongyang's foreign
ministry said in a statement
yesterday, carried by the North's
state-run KCNA news agency.
e country's latest mid-range
missile launch --- which followed
a series of rocket and short-range
missile tests in recent weeks ---
was condemned by the United
Nations Security Council on
Pyongyang slammed the UN
criticism as "unacceptable",
defending the launch as a "self-
defensive" act in protest against
joint military drills being held in
e North regularly lashes out
at the annual Key Resolve and
Foal Eagle exercises between the
two allies, labelling them as war
"It is highly unacceptable that
the UNSC condemns our self-
defensive rocket tests . . . while
turning a blind eye to the nuclear
war practice by the US that
triggered our act," the ministry
"In case the US takes issue with
us again by calling our move a
'provocation', we have prepared
to take various steps that the
enemy can hardly imagine.
"If a catastrophic development
which no one wants occurs on
the peninsula, the US will be
wholly responsible for it," it
e impoverished but nuclear-
armed State has staged three
atomic tests in 2006, 2009 and
North Korea has stepped up
military provocations in recent
weeks in protest at the Seoul-
Pyongyang's powerful National
Defence Commission, chaired
by the North's leader Kim
Jong-Un, threatened on March
15 to demonstrate its nuclear
But the country has shown no
signs of launching an imminent
atomic test, Seoul's military said
last week. --- AFP
Dozens of relatives of Chinese
passengers on a missing Malaysia
Airlines ight have arrived in Kuala
Lumpur to demand answers about the
plane's fate, with some calling for an
apology from Malaysia's government.
irty-nine family members of 18
passengers arrived seeking answers, said
the airline's commercial director, Hugh
At a hotel on the outskirts of the
capital, relatives wearing white t-shirts
reading "Pray for MH370" displayed
banners reading: "Tell us the truth. Give
us our relatives back."
Flight MH370, which has 239 people
on board, vanished on the way from
Kuala Lumpur to Beijing on March 8 in
one of the greatest mysteries in aviation
Among the passengers were 153
Chinese. eir grieving families have
accused Malaysia of incompetence over
the search and of hiding information
about the fate of the Boeing 777.
Some are particularly angry about a
March 24 announcement by Malaysian
Prime Minister Najib Razak that,
based on satellite data and other
calculations, the plane was lost in the
southern Indian Ocean after being
diverted thousands of kilometres o
Relatives told reporters yesterday they
wanted Malaysia to retract and apologise
for the announcement.
ey said they also wanted more
information and meetings with top
Malaysian o cials.
Najib's aide and a transport ministry
o cial said no meeting had been
scheduled for today.
Many relatives, both in China
and Malaysia, refuse to accept the
plane crashed into the ocean until a
multinational air and sea search o
Australia nds some wreckage.
Transport Minister Hishammuddin
Hussein is supervising the search e orts
Regular Malaysian brie ngs for the
families in a Beijing hotel have been
acrimonious a airs.
Family members have stormed out
of them and shouted abuse at o cials,
claiming Malaysia is concealing the
Irate relatives scu ed with security
personnel outside the Malaysian
embassy in Beijing last Tuesday, after
authorities allowed a rare protest march
in the capital.
Malaysia is showing signs of impatience
at the Chinese accusations, saying it has
been as forthcoming with information as
it can be.
e airline says it has provided
counsellors and interim cash support for
the relatives. --- AFP
Switching over to daylight saving
time, and losing one hour of sleep,
raised the risk of having a heart
attack the following Monday by
25%, compared to other Mondays
during the year, according to a
new United States study released
By contrast, heart attack risk fell
21% later in the year, on the Tuesday
after the clock was returned to
standard time, and people got an
extra hour's sleep.
e not-so-subtle impact of moving
the clock forward and backward was
seen in a comparison of hospital
admissions from a database of
non-federal Michigan hospitals.
It examined admissions before the
start of daylight saving time and the
Monday immediately after, for four
In general, heart attacks historically
occur most often on Monday
mornings, maybe due to the stress
of starting a new work week and
inherent changes in our sleep-wake
cycle, said Dr Amneet Sandhu, a
cardiology fellow at the University
of Colorado in Denver who led the
"With daylight saving time, all of
this is compounded by one less hour
of sleep," said Sandhu, who presented
his ndings at the annual scienti c
sessions of the American College of
Cardiology in Washington.
A link between lack of sleep and
heart attacks has been seen in previous
studies. But Sandhu said experts still
do not have a clear understanding of
why people are so sensitive to sleep-
"Our study suggests that sudden,
even small changes in sleep could
have detrimental e ects," he said.
Sandhu examined about 42,000
hospital admissions in Michigan,
and found that an average of 32
patients had heart attacks on any
given Monday. But on the Monday
immediately after springing the clock
for ward, there were an average of
eight additional heart attacks, he said.
e overall number of heart attacks
for the full week after daylight saving
time did not change, just the number
on that rst Monday. e number
then dropped o the other days of
People who are already vulnerable
to heart disease may be at greater
risk right after sudden time changes,
said Sandhu, who added that hospital
sta ng should perhaps be increased
on the Monday after clocks are set
"If we can identify days when there
may be surges in heart attacks, we
can be ready to better care for our
patients," he said.
e clock typically moves ahead
in the spring, so that evenings have
more daylight and mornings have
less, and returns to standard time in
the fall. Daylight saving time was
widely adopted during World War
One to save energy, but some critics
have questioned whether it really
does so and whether it is still needed.
Researchers cited limitations to the
study, noting it was restricted to one
state and heart attacks that required
artery-opening procedures, such as
stents. e study therefore excluded
patients who died prior to hospital
admission or intervention. --- Reuters
Ł New Zealand daylight saving
ends this Sunday, April 6.
Daylight saving time linked to heart attacks
Local churches o ered prayers
overnight for the victims of last week's
devastating mudslide in Washington
State and words of solace for grieving
families and friends, many of whom are
still waiting for news of missing loved
e presumed body count stood at 28
from the March 22 catastrophe north-
east of Seattle, with the o cial tally
of those killed at 18, based on bodies
extricated and identi ed by medical
e number of missing fell to 30 from
90 as o cials were able to account for
dozens of people as "safe and well."
Heavy rains and ooding made
e orts di cult for searchers combing
through debris, o cials said, after a
rain-soaked hillside above the north
fork of the Stillaguamish River gave way
without warning and sent a wall of mud
cascading over dozens of homes near the
rural Washington town of Oso.
No one has been pulled alive from the
rubble since the day the landslide hit,
when at least eight people were injured
but survived. Rescuers have found no
signs of life since then.
Many of those living close to the
disaster area gathered for ser vices at the
Glad Tidings Assembly of God Church
in nearby Darrington, where Pastor Les
Hagen urged them to stay strong.
"We're all hurting," he said. "We've had
a terrible week. It still continues, but life
must go on.
"Stay in your routine," he said. "Keep
putting one foot in front of the other.
Because eventually all of this will be in
the rear view mirror of your life and it
will be a memory. It will be a horrible
memory, but it will be a memory."
Recovery workers have been searching
through a debris eld that covers 2.6
square kilometres with the help of
local volunteers hunting for personal
items such as photographs and other
Once found, such items will be cleaned
and stored until they can be claimed
by their owners or their survivors, said
disaster response spokeswoman Kris
Rietmann at a news conference.
"A lot of people lost their homes.
ey lost friends and family, and so to
be reunited with some of their physical
belongings, if that's found out on the site,
is a really important thing," Rietmann
At the Oso Community Chapel,
where about 100 people lled the pews,
a helicopter could be heard overheard as
prayers were said for those who died.
One man read aloud a passage from
the Bible's Book of Isaiah to start the
ser vice: " ough the mountains be
shaken and the hills be removed, yet
my unfailing love for You will not be
shaken nor my covenant of peace be
Pastor Gary Ray told the congregation:
"We've been knocked down, but we
won't be knocked out. I don't know how
many days and minutes we have left, but
I know we have this one here."
Ray asked people to share their personal
thoughts, and many were tearful as they
rose to speak.
"I genuinely love this place," one
woman said. "I love these people."
Funeral preparations were being made
as well for those lost in the tragedy.
At the Weller Funeral Home in
Arlington, only a few kilometres from
the site of the mudslide, sta members
who typically plan two to three funerals
weekly said they were preparing for 12
this week. --- Reuters
protest in Brussels
Golf-ball sized hail has smashed parts
of Sydney's west as two fast moving
severe thunderstorm cells swept north-
east across the city.
e Bureau of Meteorology (BOM)
last night issued a severe thunderstorm
warning for Sydney, the Blue Mountains,
the Hawkesbury and Central Coast,
advising people to prepare for large
hailstones and heavy rainfall.
e cell is "extremely quickly moving,"
rumbling across the greater Sydney
area at between 60-80kph, a BOM
spokesman told AAP.
"Severe thunderstorms were detected
on weather radar near Parramatta,
Katoomba and Richmond. ese
thunderstorms are moving towards the
north," the BOM's warning, issued at
8.20pm (AEDT), says.
"Large hailstones and heavy rainfall
that may lead to ash ooding are
likely." --- AAP
Severe hail storm hits Sydney Brussels
Several thousand European
Flemish but also Catalans,
Scots and South Tyroleans have
demonstrated in Brussels for the
right to self-determination.
Under a forest of yellow flags
emblazoned with black lions,
Flemish separatists dominated
the Sunday procession through
the European Union's capital,
from Parc du Cinquantenair
e crowd, which marched
under a banner proclaiming
"Europe, we'll vote for self-
almost 3000 people, according to
Draped in their regional colours
--- red and yellow --- the Catalans
chanted for "independence" from
Regional leader Artur Mas has
set the vote for November this
year but Madrid has declared it
"We want to make our
voices heard and expand our
movement," Girault told Agence
Small groups of Scots due
to vote in a referendum on
independence from Britain in
September also stood alongside
South Tyroleans, Lombards,
Corsicans and a handful of
organised by the International
Commission of European
Citizens, a body representing the
main separatist movements in
Europe. --- AFP
An allegedly drunk Melbourne woman
who crashed into two parked cars had
an unrestrained toddler on board, police
O cers were called after a Holden
sedan hit two parked cars in Clifton Hill
O cers allegedly found the 41-year-
old female driver drunk with an
unrestrained three-year-old in the car.
No one was injured.
e woman was allegedly found to
have a blood alcohol reading of 0.154%,
more than three times the legal driving
e Clifton Hill local had her licence
suspended and is expected to be charged
on summons with tra c-related
o ences including drink-driving and
careless driving. --- AAP
Drunk crash driver had tot on board
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