Friday 18 April 2014

In Brief: At least 41 dead in riots after judge sentences 21 soccer fans to death

Angry relatives yesterday rampaged through an Egyptian port city yesterday in rioting that left at least 32 dead after a judge sentenced 21 soccer fans to death for involvement in deadly violence after a game last year.

The unrest in Port Said was the latest in a bout of violence that has left a total of 41 people dead in two days in clashes between police and protesters marking the second anniversary of the 'Arab Spring' uprising.

Tories get boost from EU referendum

A POLL in the UK on party support after David Cameron's pledge of an in/out referendum on EU membership appears to have secured his party a significant boost.

The poll shows the Tories up 5 per cent at 33 per cent, Labour stood still at 39 per cent and the Lib Dems up two at 11 per cent. Ukip fell back four points to 10 per cent.

PSNI arrest man over flag protest

Police in the North yesterday arrested a 42-year-old man after a protest linked to the flag controversy.

He was detained in east Belfast as several hundred loyalists gathered in Belfast city to continue their protest.

Trouble has erupted in some parts, most recently at Cloughfern on the outskirts of north Belfast on Friday night, where loyalists threw petrol bombs at PSNI officers.

Prison evacuated after deadly riot

Venezuela's top prisons official yesterday evacuated a prison after a riot that left dozens of people dead amid a clash between the National Guard and armed inmates.

Media accounts put the toll at 54 killed and 88 injured at the jail in the central city of Barquisimeto.

Turkey gets Patriot missile battery

The first of six Patriot missile batteries being deployed in Turkey to protect against attack from Syria was declared operational and placed under Nato command yesterday.

The battery, provided by the Netherlands, is meant to protect the city of Adana by shooting down missiles that could come over the Syrian border.

Iran warns against attack on Syria

A senior Iranian official says his country considers any attack against Syria an attack on itself, one of the most open statements of support yet by Tehran to its ally.

The official said that Syria plays a major role in the "resistance front" of anti-Israel states and militant groups.

Tibetans on trial over self-immolation

Chinese media say two Tibetans have been put on trial for inciting self-immolations in China's Sichuan province.

The pair are accused of encouraging eight people to self-immolate last year, three of whom died from burns.

US school intercepts boy, 9, with gun

A NINE-year-old schoolboy brought a loaded handgun to his school in Detroit, US, but was stopped at the door.

The head teacher of Daly Elementary School in Inkster was tipped off by a phone call before it opened, and met him at the entrance. No one was hurt in the incident.

Over 160 cats found in woman's home

Authorities say 67 dead cats and 99 living cats had to be removed from a filthy home in New York last week.

The dead cats were packed in plastic bags in the freezer while the live cats were in crates stacked floor to ceiling.

Sheriffs went to the home after neighbours complained about the overpowering odour of cat urine. The manager of a local animal shelter that subsequently took in the cats said she had previously tried to try to help the woman.

She added that the woman had a "hoarder mentality".

Sunday Independent

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