News in Brief: Centre with Ebola patients attacked
Published 06/04/2014 | 02:30
Officials in Guinea are condemning an attack on a health centre where Ebola patients are being isolated from the public.
In a government statement issued yesterday, authorities said the support of aid groups such as Doctors Without Borders is essential to controlling the deadly disease.
The violence took place in the town of Macenta in southern Guinea where at least 14 people have died. A total of 86 people have died so far from Ebola in Guinea and two other confirmed deaths have been reported in neighbouring Liberia.
TWO PRIESTS AND NUN ABDUCTED IN CAMEROON BY ARMED GROUPS
Two Italian priests and a Canadian nun working as missionaries in northern Cameroon were abducted before dawn yesterday in their residences by two armed groups in the western African country.
Italy's foreign ministry identified the priests but did not give other details, including the Canadian's identity, to avoid compromising efforts for the missionaries' release. However, sources say she is an 80-year-old.
FEUD BETWEEN FAMILIES CLAIMS 23 LIVES
A bloody feud in Egypt's southern Aswan province between an Arab clan and a Nubian family has killed at least 23 people in two days of fighting, leaving bodies strewn on hospital floors and homes torched in its wake, government officials and witnesses said yesterday.
The feud started earlier this week over students from the two clans spraying graffiti on the walls of a local school.
FIRST FEMALE PARIS MAYOR TAKES OFFICE
The first female mayor of Paris has taken office, hailing a "great advance for all women" and saying she feels the weight of responsibility in her new job.
Anne Hidalgo noted on France's TF1 television that very few women were mayors of major world cities, but her victory shows "no citadel is impregnable for women" and "parity is on the march".
MAFIA BOSS REARRESTED BY UK POLICE
A convicted Mafia boss is back in custody just a month after he avoided extradition from Britain to Italy.
British police rearrested Domenico Rancadore in London on Friday after they received a new arrest warrant request from Italy. The warrant alleges that the 65-year-old has an "outstanding sentence of seven years of imprisonment to serve for participation in Mafia association" from 1987 to 1995 in Sicily. Rancadore, who moved to London in 1994, changed his name and lived a quiet life with his family until he was arrested at his home in August.
GUNMEN KILL BOY, ADULT IN DRUGS WAR
Unidentified gunmen in Jamaica have shot 11 people, killing a 12-year-old boy and an adult.
Police say the gunmen opened fire late Friday in the Denham Town neighbourhood just west of the capital of Kingston. Authorities blame the shooting on gang members fighting to control territory once run by Christopher Coke. Former gang leader Coke was sentenced in a US court in 2012 to 23 years for drug trafficking.
PASSENGER TRAIN DERAILS, KILLING THREE
A passenger train hit mounds of mud triggered by a landslide and derailed in central Indonesia, killing at least three people and injuring seven, an official said yesterday.
The landslide buried part of the tracks at a dark junction during a heavy downpour and the train's brakes could not stop it from hitting the mud. The train derailed late Friday in Tasikmalaya, a district on Java island, killing two men and a female train attendant.
FOURTEEN PEOPLE DIE IN FLASH FLOODS
Flash floods in the Solomon Islands have killed 14 people and left thousands more homeless, authorities said yesterday.
The death toll could rise further, with many people listed as missing. As many as 15,000 people have had their homes destroyed or made uninhabitable.
HUNGARY'S GOVERNING PARTY SET TO WIN
Hungary's governing party is tipped to win parliamentary elections today, while a far-right party is expected to make further gains, according to polls.
Prime Minister Viktor Orban's Fidesz party and its small ally, the Christian Democrats, are expected to win easily and they may even retain the two-thirds majority in the legislature gained in 2010 which allowed them to pass a new constitution and centralise power.