World news in brief

By Drum Digital
25 November 2013

A wedding ended in disaster after a guest firing celebratory shots in the air with his AK-47 accidentally killed two men while they were dancing to pop hit "Gangnam Style"

Dominican republic expels 244 Haitians

The Dominican Republic expelled at least 244 Haitians after an elderly Dominican couple was slain in an apparent burglary near the border between the two countries and a mob retaliated by killing a Haitian man, two migrant advocates said.

The Rev. Antoine Lissaint of Haiti's Jesuit Refugee and Migrant Organization told The Associated Press that a group of Dominicans killed the man because they blamed people of Haitian descent for the fatal stabbing of the couple.

A group of Haitians who had been living in the southwestern Dominican town of Neiba the past several years sought refuge at a police station because they feared further reprisals, Lissaint said. Police handed the group over to soldiers who drove them to the border and expelled them to Haiti on Saturday. – SAPA-AP

Indonesia evacuates near erupting volcano

Indonesian authorities told residents near erupting Mount Sinabung to evacuate their homes as the Sumatran volcano continued to shoot hot gas into the air.

The National Disaster Management Agency ordered residents of 17 villages in Karo district in North Sumatra province to leave and seek refuge in shelters.

The vulcanology office raised the alert Sunday to one notch below the highest level after it erupted nine times at the weekend. – SAPA

Hondurus plagued by poverty picks new leader

Hondurans went to the polls amid tight security Sunday to pick a new president for their Central American nation, the world's deadliest and among the region's poorest.

The election pits Xiomara Castro, leftist wife of ousted former leader Manuel Zelaya, against conservative Juan Orlando Hernandez.

Some 5,400 polling stations opened with a ceremony at a school in the capital Tegucigalpa, where electoral tribunal chief David Matamoros expressed hope the vote would "heal the wounds" of the 2009 coup d'etat that toppled Zelaya.

He also urged the 5.4 million voters to carry out their electoral duty with "faith, dignity and civility." – SAPA-AFP

Colombian soldiers kill ELN rebels

Soldiers killed 10 militants from Colombia's leftist ELN rebel group and wounded two others in clashes near the border with Venezuela, President Juan Manuel Santos said.

"Strike to ELN: 12 of its members neutralized in (the province of) Arauca. Congratulations to the army. The offensive will continue to bring peace," Santos wrote on his Twitter account.

Soldiers took the two injured rebels into custody.

The ELN, Colombia's second-largest guerrilla group, has about 2,500 fighters.


Horse riders protest in Paris

Thousands of horse-lovers paraded their animals through central Paris in a protest against a planned sales tax rise they say will put riding centers out of business and send horses to the slaughterhouse.

The protest by riders from across France came a day after unions in the western region of Brittany organized a march for jobs and social protection attended by thousands, one of many in the region in recent weeks.

Anger at taxation, unemployment stuck at 11 percent and sluggish economic growth has sent thousands of people into the streets across the country over the past two months.

Some 6,000 jobs will be lost, they estimate, and 80,000 horses will have to be sent to slaughter. – Reuters

Two die at wedding while dancing gangman

A Yemeni wedding ended in disaster after a guest firing celebratory shots in the air with his AK-47 accidentally killed two men while they were dancing to pop hit "Gangnam Style", according to a police source and a video posted online.

The police source said the guest at the wedding in the southern city of Taiz lost control of his rifle, leading to the deaths. Two other people were being treated in hospital. – Reuters

Penniless' man is worth millions, and must give wife half

One of Britain's longest and most bitter divorce battles culminated with a High Court judge branding a well-connected millionaire a liar and his ex-wife a conspiracy theorist.

Far from being "penniless and hopelessly bankrupt", as he had claimed, Scot Young, 51, was worth 40 million pounds and his estranged wife Michelle Young, 49, should get half of it, judge Philip Moor ruled.

The case has made headlines in Britain because of the size of the claims and the fact that Scot Young has enjoyed financial help from high-profile friends including Philip Green, the billionaire owner of the Topshop retail chain.

Michelle Young has run up legal bills of 6.5 million pounds, while Scot Young has served six months in jail for failing to provide full and frank disclosure of his assets.


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