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New breaks for illegal immigrants proposed
A DRAFT of a White House immigration proposal would allow illegal immigrants to become legal permanent residents within eight years, USA Today reported on Saturday.
Illegal immigrants would be able to apply for a newly created "Lawful Prospective Immigrant" visa under the draft bill.
There are an estimated 11million illegal immigrants in the US.
Latinos favoured President Barack Obama over Republican Mitt Romney in the November 6 election by 71% to 27%, tilting politically divided states to the incumbent. - Reuters
Arms cache seized in restive Sinai peninsula
SECURITY forces have seized a cache of weapons in Egypt's restive Sinai peninsula, a security officer said yesterday.
"The seized weapons include 21 anti-aircraft shells, six anti-tank mines and an anti-aircraft gun," the official said.
No arrests were made.
The clampdown was a day after security authorities said they had seized 2t of explosives bound for Sinai.
The remote and rugged desert peninsula has had increased security problems since Hosni Mubarak's fall in February 2011. - Sapa-dpa
Mass wedding for Moon followers
THOUSANDS of Unification Church members were married in a mass ceremony in South Korea yesterday - the first since the death of their "messiah", church founder Sun Myung Moon.
About 3500 couples - many of whom met only days before - took part in the ceremony at the church's global headquarters in Gapyeong, east of the capital, Seoul.
Yesterday's event had a special resonance: Moon's 70-year-old widow, Hak Ja Han, presided for the first time without her husband, who died five months ago aged 92 . - Sapa-AFP
Foreign minister to face fraud charges
ISRAEL'S foreign minister, Avigdor Lieberman, was to be tried on charges of fraud and breach of trust by a three-judge court in Jerusalem yesterday.
Lieberman allegedly received classified documents relating to a police investigation of his activities. He is suspected of intervening to help his source secure an ambassadorship.
He quit on December 14, a day after a ttorney-g eneral Yehuda Weinstein announced his intention to indict. He stood for parliament and was re-elected but said he will not hold a ministerial portfolio until his trial is over. - Sapa-dpa
Authorities shut down 'fake' Buddhist temples
CHINA says two temples on a sacred Buddhist mountain have been closed and six people arrested after fake monks reportedly deceived tourists into donating money.
The official Xinhua News Agency said yesterday that the Mount Wutai Administration Bureau closed two of the mountain's dozens of temples on Friday.
It said six people had been arrested and that the temples had hired fake monks to con tourists into buying expensive incense and paying unreasonable prices for the holding of ceremonies. - Sapa-AP
Separatists accused as four die in bomb blast
FOUR people were killed by a bomb in southern Thailand yesterday and security forces said at least eight other bombs had been planted at the weekend by suspected separatist militants, reports said.
Two paramilitary defence volunteers and two civilians were killed in the blast, according to military officials. Five soldiers died in a bomb blast on Sunday last week. The army speculated that the attacks were inretaliation for a clash on Wednesday in Narathiwat that left 16 rebels dead but claimed no government casualties. - Sapa-dpa
Karzai unveils plan to halt detainee abuse
AFGHAN President Hamid Karzai has ordered that all interrogation facilities should be equipped with video cameras in an attempt to prevent torture after a recent UN report said detainees were abused.
The decree follows a government investigation into the UN report about prisoner abuse, which found that detainees were tortured at the time of their arrest and during interrogations.
"Authorities are required to equip the intelligence and investigating agencies ... with modern equipment ... and videotape interrogations," Karzai said on Saturday. - Sapa-AFP
Government under fire as bombing claims 80
THE government, which is gearing up for elections, came under fire yesterday for failing to improve security after a sectarian bombing in Quetta killed 80 people.
On Saturday, Lashkar-e-Jhangvi claimed responsibility for the attack in Quetta, which deepened suspicions among the Shia population that the intelligence agencies are supporting extremists from the majority Sunni sect.
"The terrorist attack on the Hazara Shia community is a failure of the intelligence and security forces," Nawab Zulfiqar Ali Magsi, governor of Baluchistan province, said. - Reuters
Car bombs kill 20, dozens wounded
A SERIES of car bombs exploded in mainly Shia neighbourhoods across the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, yesterday, killing at least 20 people and wounding dozens, police and hospital sources said.
The bombs were detonated in Sadr City, Habibiya, Qahira and at least two other districts in the capital. A suicide bomber killed a top Iraqi army intelligence officer on Saturday after storming his home in a northern town and insurgents set off car bombs in Shia areas across the country at the start of the month, killing 34 people.
No one claimed responsibility for the weekend attacks . - Reuters
Mediator calls for talks to end civil war
INTERNATIONAL mediator Lakhdar Brahimi yesterday called for talks on a political solution to the country's 23-month-old civil war between the Syrian opposition and an "acceptable delegation" from the Damascus government.
After a meeting at Arab League headquarters in Cairo, Brahimi said negotiations could begin on UN premises.
Opposition Syrian National Coalition leader Moaz Alkhatib has offered to hold talks with President Bashar al-Assad's deputy, Farouq al-Shara, on giving Assad safe passage into exile.- Reuters