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Daily Nation : February 5th 2014
DAILY NATION Wednesday February 5, 2014 BRIEFLY DHAKA 242 supporters killed, says opposition Bangladesh opposition leader Khaleda Zia accused the government Tuesday of “state terrorism”, saying more than 240 of her supporters were killed during a four-week period that included last month’s controversial election. Zia, a two-time former premier who heads the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), said security forces and ruling party activists were behind the killings and forced disappearance of her supporters. Zia said the party had collected information on the incidents that occurred between December 26 and January 27.(AFP) MOSCOW US ambassador to Russia to leave early Michael McFaul, the out- spoken US ambassador to Russia who has frequently clashed with authorities in Moscow, said on Tuesday he would leave the country after just two years. An embassy spokeswoman confirmed the diplomat was leaving Russia “early” but declined to comment further. “Soon after the Olympics, I plan to rejoin my family in California,” Mr McFaul wrote on his blog. (AFP) International News 31 ORDEAL | He lived for 13 months adrift in the Pacific on a diet of raw bird flesh, turtle blood and his own urine Survivor tells of dreams that kept him alive I pushed his body into the ocean, what else could I do, he says over his fishing aide MAJURO, Marshall Islands, Tuesday A castaway who says he survived 13 months adrift in the Pacific said today he thought about suicide but was sustained by dreams of eating his favourite food — tortillas — and reuniting with his family. Fisherman Jose Salvador Alvarenga also described being forced to dump the body of his teenage companion overboard when he starved to death, but said his own strong religious faith helped as he drifted some 12,500 kilometres from Mexico to the Marshall Islands. “I didn’t want to die of star- vation,” he told AFP through a Spanish interpreter at Majuro Hospital, where he is recuperating after being found disoriented last Thursday at a remote coral atoll. “There were times I would think about killing myself. But I was scared to do it,” he added, raising his arm, pointing to heaven and declaring: “God! Faith!” The stockily built Alvarenga looked in remarkably good physical shape when he arrived in the Marshalls capital Majuro five days after landing on the remote Ebon Atoll. Sporting a bushy beard and with his hair bleached a ginger colour by the sun, he was helped down the gangplank by a male nurse but he did not appear to have chapped lips, blistered skin or other signs of severe exposure. Feats of survival “He looked better than one would expect,” US ambassador Thomas Armbruster said on Monday after acting as an interpreter for the Marshallese authorities. However, extraordinary feats of survival are not uncommon in the Pacific. Three Mexicans washed up in the Marshalls in 2006 after nine months adrift. Speaking from hospital Mr Alvarenga said: “My dream for over a year is to eat a tortilla, chicken and so many other types of food. “I would imagine and dream a lot about my family — my mother and my father,” he said. Mr Alvarenga said he was not married but has a daughter named Fatima. His parents feared he had been killed. “Thank God he is alive. We are overjoyed... I just want him here with us,” his mother Maria Julia Alvarenga told CNN in his homeland El Salvador, whose government says it is working with Mexico to bring him home. Mr Alvarenga said he set out on a one-day fishing expedition in late December 2012 with a teenager named Xiguel, when they became lost in their sevenmetre fibreglass boat. “We had just finished a day of shark fishing when the motor died. I couldn’t get a radio signal, and meanwhile there was a wind that pushed us further out.” The 37-year-old’s mood dark- ened as he described how the boy, who he says was aged 15-18, died four months into their voyage, unable to survive on a diet of raw bird flesh, turtle blood and his own urine. “He couldn’t keep the raw food down and he kept vomiting,” Alvarenga said. “I tried to get him to hold his nose and eat but he kept vomiting.” He said the teenager died of starvation and he pushed his body into the ocean. “What else could I do?” (AFP) PHOTO | AFP A 37-year-old Mexican castaway who identified himself as Jose Ivan and later said that his full name is Jose Salvador Alvarenga walks with the help of a Majuro Hospital nurse in Majuro after a 22hour boat ride from isolated Ebon Atoll.
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