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The Northern Territory news Tue 1 Oct 2013



The Northern Territory news Tue 1 Oct 2013

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www.ntnews.com.au Tuesday, October 1, 2013. NT NEWS. 15 P U B : NTNE-WS-DA-TE:1-OGE:15 CO-LO-R: C-M Y-K ntnews.com.au l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l WORLD US on the brink of a shutdown WASHINGTON: US lawmakers have one final day to try to prevent the first US government shutdown in 17 years, but a deal appears to be remote. With Congress going into crunch sessions ahead of an 11.59pm (1.29pm today NT time) deadline, a House Republican leader offered a glimmer of hope when he hinted that his party could offer a new plan that might pass muster in the Democratic-held Senate. I think the House will get back together in enough time, send another provision not to shut the Government down, but to fund it, and it will have a few other options in there for the Senate to look at again, number three House Republican Kevin McCarthy said. Congress must pass a stop-gap funding measure before the new fiscal year begins today or much of the US Federal Government will close down. The procedure became dramatically more complicated when Republicans linked the budget legislation to an attempt to thwart President Barack Obamas health care law, the so called Obamacare. The impasse is already affecting global markets: in Asian trading yesterday oil prices tumbled, markets slumped and the Japanese yen jumped in value while the dollar weakened. With Republicans and Democrats in a dangerous game of political chicken, the Government is on the verge of ordering hundreds of thousands of federal workers to stay home. Kurdish bombed BAGHDAD: Militants have killed six people in the capital of Iraqs autonomous Kurdish region in an attack on an area usually spared the violence plaguing other parts of the country. Prime Minister Nuri alMalikis spokesman said the attack may be linked to the civil war in neighbouring Syria, where jihadists have battled Kurdish forces. Also yesterday, a suicide bomber attacked mourners at a Shiite mosque south of Baghdad, killing 27 people. A statement from the Kurdish asayesh security service said a suicide bomber detonated explosives at their headquarters in Arbil, the capital of the northern region. Sleeping students shot NIGERIA: Boko Haram gunmen have opened fire in a college dormitory in northeast Nigeria as the students slept, killing 40, in the latest massacre blamed on the Islamist insurgents. All of the dead were students of the College of Agriculture in the town of Gujba in Yobe state, the area governor said. The early Sunday morning attack was carried out by Boko Haram terrorists who went into the school and opened fire on students while they were sleeping, the military spokesman in Yobe, Lazarus Eli, said. Salamanu Ibrahim, 23, a student at the college, said dozens of gunmen had burst into dorm rooms and fired indiscriminately in the dark. The attackers went berserk, he said in Yobes capital Damaturu, 30km away, where he fled along with hundreds of others. They were fully armed with sophisticated rifles, and improvised explosives, and razed several college buildings after leaving the dorms. The office of Yobe Governor Ibrahim Gaidam put the death toll at 40, with four others injured. In a previously scheduled television interview, President Goodluck Jonathan said he instructed Nigerias security chiefs to look at different ways of handling the insur gency after learning of the latest bloodshed. He also voiced exasperation at the targeting of students in the interview broadcast on several networks, saying: Why did they kill them? You can ask and ask. The European Unions foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton called the slaughter horrific. Yobe has seen a spate of attacks on schools and universities, all blamed on Boko Haram, an extremist group that has killed hundreds in its four-year insurgency. The name Boko Haram, loosely translated, means Western education is forbidden, and the group has become notorious for slaughtering students. In July, in the town of Mamudo in Yobe, Islamists threw explosives and sprayed gunfire into dormitories in the middle of the night, killing 41 students. A surfing dog catches a wave at the 5th annual Surf Dog competition at Huntington Beach, California, on Sunday Knox murder trial begins again FLORENCE: The retrial of Amanda Knox and her former lover for the murder of a British student begins in Florence today, reigniting debate over one of Italys most notorious killings. US student Ms Knox and Italian Raffaele Sollecito spent four years behind bars for the murder of Meredith Kercher, who was found half-naked in a pool of blood in the house she shared with Ms Knox in 2007, her body riddled with stab wounds. Ms Kerchers throat had been slit and she suffered a slow, agonising death, the coroners report stated. An appeals court overturned their convictions in 2011 and Ms Knox returned to Seattle, but Italys Supreme Court in March ordered a retrial following an appeal by prosecutors against what they said was a superficial ruling. Ms Knox, 26, has decided not to return for the retrial, saying she suffers panic attacks and depression. Minor stroke fells Tongas PM NUKUALOFA: Tongan Prime Minister Lord Tuivakano suffered a minor stroke while in New York attending the UN General Assembly. The 61-year-old fell ill after attending last weeks General Assembly as part of a delegation from the Pacific nation led by King Tupou VI, a spokesman for his office said yesterday. He was admitted to hospital but the latest information I have is that hes been released and is getting ready to travel back to Tonga. It was a very minor stroke and his condition is good, the spokesman said. Mr Tuivakano took office in 2010 after the first elections in Tonga, ruled by the monarchy for 150 years. Killings may be drug-related MEXICO CITY: Shootings erupted over the weekend in three Mexican cities where drug gangs are fighting turf battles, killing at least nine people and wounding six. Gunmen on motorcycles arrived at a bar in the resort city of Cuernavaca and opened fire, killing three young men and a 22-year-old woman, the Morelos state prosecutors office said. That attack also injured four people, who are recovering in local hospitals. In the northern city of Fresnillo, a group of armed men shot three people dead outside a convenience store. In the northern industrial hub of Monterrey, attackers shot at a group standing outside a bar, killing two men. Hope runs out in Java search JAKARTA: The death toll after the sinking of an asylumseeker boat off Java last week has risen to 36, with Indonesian authorities conceding the search operation was now about recovering the dead rather than finding anyone else alive. Four more bodies, including those of two children, were found on Monday morning, bringing the death toll to 36. Authorities say more than 20 people are missing, feared drowned. Just 28 asylum-seekers have been found alive since the boat which was believed to be carrying about 80 people from Lebanon, Iran and Iraq broke apart near a beach in the district of jlabinta in West Java on Friday morning.

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