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Published:Thursday | October 2, 2014 | 12:00 AM
Syrian Kurdish wait for transport as thousands of new Syrian refugees from Kobani arrive at the Turkey-Syria border crossing of Yumurtalik near Suruc, Turkey, yesterday.

Law cracks down on underage drinkers


Hamilton, CMC: A new liquor law, which came into effect yesterday, cracking down on underage drinking in Bermuda.

The new policy makes it mandatory for bars, clubs and other licensed premises to ask for proof of age from any customers they suspect are under the age of 18.

"The key message of the campaign is 'No Alcohol under 18, We Card'," according to a Ministry of National Security statement.

"What does this mean? It means that, if requested, you'll need to present your photo ID when buying alcohol at any licensed premise such as a bar, restaurant, grocery store, nightclub or anywhere where alcohol is served."

Premier Michael Dunkley, who is also national security minister, said "the overarching aim of the Liquor Licence Amendment Act 2014 is to add to the safeguards required to prevent underage drinking.

"Underage drinking and its associated problems have profound negative consequences for minors, their families, their communities, and the society as a whole."

The new law was passed in the House of Assembly in July.

Syria blasts at school kill 17, including 10 kids


Damascus, (AP): Twin bombings near a school in central Syria killed at least 17 people yesterday, including 10 children, as gruesome-images appeared on social media networks purported to show Kurdish fighters slain at the hands of Islamic State militants during battles near Syria's border with Turkey.

The bombs went off in the city of Homs, in a neighbourhood dominated by minority Alawities, a Shiite offshoot sect that President Bashar Assad also belongs to. It was one of the deadliest strikes to hit the government-controlled area in months.

The blasts occurred just as the children were leaving at the end of class at the Ekremah al-Makhzoumi Elementary School, according to an official with the Homs governorate.

A Syrian pro-government channel aired a brief footage of the aftermath, showing distraught parents rushing about frantically looking for their children, amid strewn schoolbags and blood stains on the ground. Black flames rose from a car nearby.

The explosions also wounded at least 56 people, said the local official who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorised to speak to the media.