Briefly World: Language row: clashes in Ukraine

Briefly World: Language row: clashes in Ukraine

Police fired teargas and used batons to disperse hundreds of protesters in Kiev after parliament voted to make Russian

Language row: clashes in Ukraine

KIEV: Police fired teargas and used batons to disperse hundreds of protesters in Kiev on Wednesday after parliament voted to make Russian,rather than Ukrainian,the main language in schools and local government in some parts of the former Soviet republic. The clashes occurred after protesters,led by opposition members of parliament defending the role of Ukrainian as the only state language,massed in front of a building where President Viktor Yanukovich was due to hold a press briefing.

Palestinians to exhume Arafat body for tests

RAMALLAH: Yasser Arafat’s body may be exhumed to allow for more testing of the causes of his death,the Palestinian president said Wednesday,after a Swiss lab said it found elevated levels of a radioactive isotope in belongings the Palestinian leader is said to have used in his final days. Arafat’s widow,Suha,called for an autopsy in the wake of the lab’s findings,first reported by the Arab satellite TV station Al-Jazeera.

Pak man accused of insulting Quran killed

ISLAMABAD: Thousands of people dragged a Pakistani man accused of desecrating the Quran from a police station in central Pakistan,beat him to death and then set his body on fire,a police official said Wednesday. Mohammed Azhar Gujar said,in the incident Tuesday in Bahawalpur city,attackers stormed a police station where the man was being interrogated. Gujar said the victim seemed to be mentally unstable.

Gunman kills self,4 others in hostage crisis


BERLIN: A heavily armed man whose girlfriend was being evicted from her apartment Wednesday killed four people,including the new owner and a court bailiff who were shot execution style,before turning a shotgun on himself,German authorities said. A commando team stormed the apartment in the southern city of Karlsruhe,but the 53-year-old gunman and the victims were already dead. Also killed was the girlfriend.

UK court: Mulcaire must reveal hacking names

LONDON: A private investigator convicted of hacking phones for a Rupert Murdoch-owned tabloid must reveal who at the newspaper ordered him to do it,Britain’s Supreme Court ruled Wednesday. Glenn Mulcaire was jailed briefly in 2007 for eavesdropping on the voicemail messages of royal aides on behalf of the now-defunct News of the World.

Clinton spoke to Khar on ‘language’ of apology

NEW YORK: Secretary of State Hillary Clinton had discussed with her Pakistani counterpart Hina Rabbani Khar the “language” of her statement apologising for the death of 24 Pakistani soldiers in a cross-border NATO air raid. The New York Times quoted people with knowledge of the process as saying that Clinton began working on drafts of the statement she released on Tuesday several weeks ago. At one point she even began discussing the language with Khar,a person with knowledge about the process said. “This was jointly done,” said the person.

Entwistle is new BBC director-general

LONDON: George Entwistle,who joined the BBC in 1989 as a broadcast trainee,has been appointed the next Director-General of the corporation,succeeding Mark Thompson,it was announced Wednesday. Entwistle’s annual salary in the new job will be £450,000 as part of the BBC’s cost-cutting exercise. Thompson’s annual salary was £671,000. Entwistle is currently the director of BBC Vision.

Can destroy US bases in minutes,says Iran

DUBAI: Iran has threatened to destroy US military bases across the Middle East and Israel within minutes of being attacked,Iranian media reported Wednesday,as Revolutionary Guards extended test-firing of ballistic missiles into a third day. “These bases are all in range of our missiles,and the occupied lands (Israel) are also good targets for us,” Amir Ali Haji Zadeh,commander of Revolutionary Guards aerospace division,was quoted by Fars news as saying. Zadeh said 35 US bases were within reach of Iran’s ballistic missiles,the most advanced of which could hit targets 2,000 km away.