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  • Fish Pirates Will Be Shot, Says Australia

    12/06/2006 6:48:38 PM PST · by blam · 55 replies · 1,180+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 12-7-2006 | Nick Squires
    Fish pirates will be shot, says Australia By Nick Squires Last Updated: 2:37am GMT 07/12/2006 The Royal Australian Navy has been given permission to shoot at pirate fishing boats plundering the country's rich tropical waters. Warships and customs patrol boats operating off Australia's north coast have captured a record 357 illegal fishing boats this year, most of them Indonesian vessels hunting sharks for their fins. "Our patrol boats will be allowed to fire directly to disable a vessel which is ignoring orders and which is seeking to escape apprehension," said Brendan Nelson, the defence minister. "It is extremely important that...
  • Gay cruises draw protests in Caribbean

    11/11/2006 7:00:03 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 43 replies · 1,338+ views ^ | Fri Nov 10, 8:07 AM ET | ELLSWORTH CARTER, Associated Press Writer
    ROSEAU, Dominica - Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit said Thursday he will meet with evangelicals in Dominica seeking restrictions on gay cruises, which have drawn some protests elsewhere in the Caribbean. Dominica has no restrictions on the tours, but Skerrit told The Associated Press that he will meet soon with the Evangelical Association to outline the government's position on gay cruises stopping in the island. "I will make a statement on the issue after my meeting with the members of the Evangelical Association," he said. Bill Daniel, the group's president, said Skerrit had not contacted him to schedule a meeting —...