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The Northern Territory news Tue 3 Jan 2017



The Northern Territory news Tue 3 Jan 2017

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TUESDAY JANUARY 3 2017 WORLD 09 V1 - NTNE01Z01MA Pranksters have hit the Hollywood sign again this time changing it to Hollyweed Picture: SUPPLIED JAKARTA: Panicked passengers fought for life jackets, some stealing them from children, as a fire ripped through a boat carrying hundreds of local tourists to an island north of the Indonesian capital. Investigations have been launched into the tragedy that left at least 23 dead and 17 injured. Stricken passengers jumped into the sea as flames and smoke rapidly engulfed the Zahro Express shortly after it left port towards the holiday island of Tidung on Sunday, Another 17 people were missing and 194 were rescued following the blaze which started with an explosion in the engine room that the transport ministry said was accidental and could have been caused by an electrical fault. In September, a Bali tourist boat exploded, killing two foreigners and injuring about 20 others, while 54 died in November when an overcrowded speedboat struck a reef. Indo boat fire chaos US sends warning to Kim Jong WASHINGTON: THE US has warned North Korean leader Kim Jong-un over his provocative actions in moving towards acquiring a missile. The sharp condemnation came after North Korea hinted at plans to test-fire an intercontinental ballistic missile. The angry US statement called on all states to show North Korea that any unlawful actions would have consequences. It was issued by the Pentagon at a sensitive time just weeks before President Barack Obama is due to hand power over to Donald Trump. The Pentagon statement noted that multiple UN Security Council resolutions explicitly prohibit North Korean launches using ballistic missile technology. It urged Pyongyang to refrain from provocative actions and inflammatory rhetoric that threaten international peace and stability. The statement reaffirmed Washingtons iron-clad commitment to defend its allies Vandals take pot shot LOS ANGELES: Changing the letters of the Hollywood sign above Los Angeles is an old tradition, and vandals struck again over New Years Eve to change the sign to Hollyweed. Perhaps celebrating the first year in which marijuana will be completely legal in California, the stunt was not the first time the sign has read that way. On New Years Day, 1976, the day marijuana was decriminalised in the state, Hollywood resident Daniel N. Finegood was the first to have the idea that the sign could also celebrate pot. Sergeant Robert Payan of the Los Angeles Police De partment Security Services said there was security footage of the latest incident, but a suspect has not been identified. Though the division has officers stationed above the sign, the pranksters were not seen he said. The incident is being investigated as misdemeanour trespassing. Ever-increasing security has made it extremely difficult to access the sign. In recent years it has read Save the Peak and Go UCLA, after earlier decades saw variations such as Ollywood for Oliver North and the Iran Contra hearings and Holywood, an approved alteration for the Popes visit in 1987. Relatives and friends mourn at a coffin during the funeral of Ayhan Arik, one of the 39 victims of the gun attack on the Reina Picture: GETTY IMAGES Nightclub shooter still on run after massacre ANKARA: The gunman who killed 39 people in a Turkish nightclub remains on the run, as funerals begin for the victims, and Turkeys most senior Muslim cleric condemned the killings as savagery. Police and security forces have launched a massive operation for the man who caught a taxi to the exclusive Reina nightclub in Istanbul about 1.15am on New Years Day, pulling an AK-47 rifle from his bag and blasting his way inside. They have released a photograph taken from CCTV of the prime suspect, and some reports in Turkey suggest he is a member of the East Turkestan branch of the jihadi group Islamic State. His nationality is not known. The gunman escaped despite the club being across the road from the police station. The initial response was also muddied by the publication of photographs of a man thought to be a suspect, who since turned out to be Istanbul resident Naim Sadakat, who posted selfies on his Facebook page after going to the police station to prove his innocence. The Reina is Istanbuls most famous nightclub, popular with the Turkish elite, foreigners and celebrities, and its owner, Mehmet Kocarslan, had long worried it would become a target. Celebrities including Australian pop star Kylie Minogue and James Bond actor Daniel Craig have been among VIP guests over the years. There is confusion over the identities of some of those killed but 27 were thought to be foreign nationals, from countries including Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Iraq, Tunisia, Kuwait and Jordan. A 19-year-old Israeli-Arab woman, Leanne Nasser, was one of the first identified. A further 69 people were wounded. There are no reports of Australians among the victims. Among the dead was a 21year-old police officer, Burak Yildiz, who was guarding the door at the nightclub while up to 600 revellers danced inside. Security guard and mother of one, Hatice Kocun, also identified as Hatice Karcilar, was also killed. The gunman was inside for just seven minutes before he escaped, possibly by abandoning his weapon and mingling with the crowd. Security forces stormed the Reina, on the banks of the Bosphorous waterway, but could not locate him. Several witnesses reported he had been wearing a Santa Claus hat but those early reports appear to be wrong. There was no claim of responsibility for the attack.