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Thursday, sepTember 12, 2013 cook Islands News

worldNeWs nuti no TeIa NeI aO Queen's limo a great buy A cAr that was once owned and driven by the Queen has been sold for £40,500. The Daimler Super V8 LWB limousine was in royal ownership from 2001 to 2004. It was sold by auction complete with its original documentation and photographs of the Queen driving it. The car features a centre armrest which holds a sliding holder speciically designed for the Queen’s handbag. The buyer said he was “blown away by the fantastic condition it is in”. The car, was sold with its original tyres, full-service history and original registration number.

World leaders divided Syria crisis: UN powers discuss russia’s chemical surrender plan NeW YORK – Envoys of the ive permanent UN security Council members have met in New York to discuss a russian plan for making safe syria’s chemical weapons. The UK, Us and France are eager to frame a binding resolution but russia prefers a nonbinding declaration. russia and the Us will hold key bilateral talks in geneva on Thursday. syria has backed russia’s plan to place the chemical arms under international control. The Us says it will hold off military

world BrIeFs islamic women’s rugby Questioned IRAN – Women’s professional rugby has launched in Iran sparking an online scrum over whether match photos contravene Islamic law. Several sites and a dedicated Facebook page published photos from the national sevens tournament, leading posters to debate the appropriateness of the sport. conservative website Bultan News questions whether the competition is appropriate. Others argue there’s nothing wrong with it. “You can take these images to the Ayatollahs but be sure they will have no issue, according to Islamic law,” says one, while others applaud the nine teams for showing that Iranian women can compete professionally unhindered by the strict Muslim dress code which insists they play in head scarfs.

Hungry wolF PicKs on tHe wrong man KAZAKSTAN – Wolves rarely attack people, but one tried its luck on a passer-by near the village of Zhetybai in the remote Kazakh steppes. Unluckily for the wolf, burly retired policeman Daulet Tuyeshiyev was more than a match for it. “ At irst I thought it was a dog, then I realised I was wrestling with a wolf,” he told Lada newspaper. The powerful animal bit him repeatedly on the back, arms and legs, but Tuyeshiyev managed to strangle it with his bare hands. Elders are surprised at the attack on a human, but recall that local huntsman Aldaberdy Akshabayev has stopped his regular wolf culls since the council cut of funding. Mangistau region police warn that the wolves are now becoming bolder as they compete for food.

weaPons For comPetition winners YEMEN – Machine guns and automatic riles were handed out to winners of a religious competition organised by al-Qaeda in Yemen, it’s been reported. According to the News Yemen website, the contest was held during the fasting month of Ramadan in the south-eastern governorates of Ibb, Ad-Dali and al-Bayda. The prizes, awarded last week, included Russian-made Kalashnikov riles, Chinese machine guns, Austrian Glock pistols, as well as motorcycles and other gifts. The religious competition is considered to be the irst public activity organised in Yemen by al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula since government troops forced its ighters to withdraw from the neighbouring regions of Abyan and Shabwah in the summer of last year.

strikes to pursue diplomacy. russia said earlier that it had now sent the Us details of its plans. more than 100,000 people have died in syria since the uprising against President Bashar al-assad began in 2011. In other developments on Wednesday: On the ground, the syrian army is trying to retake the Christian town of maaloula maaloula was overrun by rebel forces, including members of the al-Qaeda-linked al-Nusra Front, at the weekend. The latest report by UN rights experts, released on Wednesday, says torture and rape are widespread and war crimes are being committed by both sides. UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon said the UN and its members must share a “heavy burden” for their “collective failure to prevent atrocity crimes in syria.” The UK-based pro-opposition syrian Observatory for human Rights said an air strike on a ield hospital in aleppo province had killed at least 11 people. Us, UK and French diplomats held separate talks before the meeting of the so-called P5 envoys. The meeting lasted less than an hour and envoys declined to comment as they left. The French have already been working on a draft resolution that would be enforced by Chapter VII of the UN charter, which would in effect sanction the use of force if syria failed in its obligations. however, russia has already indicated that this would be unacceptable, as would any resolution blaming the syrian government for chemical attacks. The Us holds the syrian government responsible for such an attack in Damascus on 21 august, saying it killed 1429 people. - BBC

As the debate over chemical weapons and Western intervention drags on, the Syrian civil war is currently centred on the rebel-held Christian town of Maalula, north of Damascus. AFP

12th anniversary of 9/11 The Us has remembered the victims of the 9/11 attacks in a series of memorials marking the 12th anniversary. The 11 september 2001 attacks killed almost 3,000 people in New York, the Washington DC area and Pennsylvania. In New York, families of the victims read the names of each person who died at the World Trade Centre. a separate memorial was held outside shanksville, Pennsylvania, honouring the passengers and crew of United Flight 93. They struggled with the hijackers of the plane, preventing it from hitting its intended target, believed to be the White house or the Us Capitol building. all 33 passengers and seven crew members on the light were killed after the plane crashed into a ield about 120km southeast of Pittsburgh. The White house marked the 12th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks with a memorial service. President Barack Obama attended a memorial outside the Pentagon.

more than 1,000 people gathered on Wednesday at the National september 11 memorial plaza in New York City to read the names of all those killed in the 2001 and 1993 attacks on the building. Bagpipes and a youth choir began the proceedings, held around two relecting pools that stand in the footprint of the destroyed towers. “To my nephew michael Joseph mullin, we miss you and think of you every single day,” said one of the 250 people chosen to read names, many of them family members of the victims. “You’re gone but not forgotten,” another woman said of her lost cousin. The reading was paused for several moments of silence, including 8.46am local time when the first plane hit the North Tower; when the second plane hit the south Tower; when each building fell; and when the third and fourth planes hit the Pentagon and the ield outside shanksville. a number of other cities held

memorial services on Wednesday. Builders are meanwhile putting the finishing touches to the new World Trade Center tower and a museum dedicated to the attacks. One World Trade Center is now the tallest building in the Western hemisphere, its spire reaching to 541m, a symbolic number alluding to the year of the Us Declaration of Independence. On Tuesday, a groundbreaking ceremony was held for what will be a visitor centre on the site of the Flight 93 national memorial park. The building, expected to open in late 2015, will be broken in two where the plane lew overhead. Visitors have already left 35,000 tributes at the site. Osama Bin Laden and al-Qaeda claimed responsibility for the 9/11 attacks, in which 19 hijackers also died when they seized control of four planes, crashing three of them into their intended targets. - BBC

MERMAID VICTIM OF MAN-HANDLING KAZAKhSTAN – A newly-unveiled statue of a mermaid in Kazakhstan has apparently become a victim of her own popularity. Even though it’s made of ibre-reinforced concrete, the statue in the northern Kazakh city of Pavlodar has been taken down for repairs after only two weeks on display. The mermaid sufered a broken inger and a damaged tail, after falling victim to “too much pressure” from adoring fans who like touching her. She was particularly popular with newly-weds who insisted on having themselves photographed in front of the statue. This appears to be a light-hearted continuation of a decades-old Soviet tradition, where statues of Lenin were the focal point of many wedding ceremonies.

FougHt oFF cougar witH a sPear CANADA – A British columbia man armed with a spear has fought of a cougar which critically mauled his partner. The attack occurred on Sunday near the couple’s cabin on a remote island of the west coast of Vancouver Island. A large cougar believed to be the attacker was found dead on Monday morning. The woman, 60, was in hospital and expected to recover. An oicial said the attack could be the irst in which a cougar was fended of and killed by a spear. The cougar attacked the woman from behind as she was gardening near her home, according to local media reports.

Today’s Daily Bread We are conident, I say, and would prefer to be away from the body and at home with the Lord.

Matthew5:1-10 7:21-29 read: read: 2 Corinthians

Text: Matthew 7:26 Text: Verse 8

US President Barack Obama during a memorial service at the National 9/11 Pentagon Memorial in Washington, DC. America paused yesterday to mark the 12th anniversary of terrorist attacks on the Pentagon and the World Trade Centre. AFP

Thursday 12 September  

News, Sports and Opinion from the Cook Islands News for Thursday, September 12, 2013