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England to review 'control orders'
LONDON, England
Britain said yesterday it would review controversial "control orders" used to limit the movement of terrorism suspects after it was revealed that two men held under the system had gone on the run.
The measures allow the Home Secretary to order suspects to be placed under a range of measures from electronic tagging, surveillance and even house arrest.
They are applied to terrorism suspects that Britain is unable to deport due to concerns about mistreatment in their homeland and cannot put on trial because there is not enough admissible evidence to use in UK courts.
In June Britain's High Court ruled that the orders broke the European Convention of Human Rights because it deprived them of their liberty without trial. The Home Office was therefore forced to issue less stringent orders.
Hawaii feels lucky
HONOLULU, Hawaii
Hawaii suffered major road and port damage in the most powerful quake in the Pacific archipelago in two decades, but reported no deaths or serious injuries on Monday much to islanders' amazement.
The day after the 6.7 magnitude quake and repeated aftershocks hit a few kilometers off the west shore of the island of Hawaii, known as the Big Island, the Federal Emergency Management Agency said it was sending an advance team of 75 people to assess damage and coordinate federal aid.
Long-time residents on the Big Island said they felt lucky to escape with little damage and just a few bone fractures.
"My house actually moved an inch off its foundations. I thought for sure it was going to be more of a disaster than it was," said Tom Greenwell, a coffee farmer in the Kona region.
Eyes on November
QUITO, Ecuador
A tycoon favoring closer U.S. ties and an ally of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez on Monday headed for a November run-off for Ecuador's presidency after a tight election stoked worries over future instability.
Alvaro Noboa, one of Ecuador's wealthiest men scored an upset over former finance minister Rafael Correa in Sunday's vote, but neither won the election outright, initial results showed.
Political analysts expect Noboa's momentum to carry to the second round as he secures backing from traditional parties opposed to Correa's proposal to disband Congress and said the left-wing economist would struggle to regain his footing.
A royal first
VILNIUS, Lithuania
Britain's Queen Elizabeth II yesterday praised the Baltic state's tenacious battle for freedom and remembered the hundreds of thousands of Lithuanian Jews who died in the Holocaust.
"It is an honor to stand here where so many risked their lives in the struggle for freedom," the Queen said in a speech to parliament on the first day of a visit to Lithuania.
The speech was a highlight of the 80-year-old monarch's first ever visit to the Baltic states, which will also take her to Latvia and Estonia.
"You have emerged from the shadow of the Soviet Union and blossomed as sovereign states, taking up your rightful places in the international community and as respected members of the European Union and NATO," Elizabeth II said.


Updated : 2021-10-26 08:53 GMT+08:00