Wednesday 16 April 2014

Israel lets farmers visit land near security fence as restrictions eased

Israel has eased some border restrictions as part of its truce with the Palestinian territory's Hamas rulers, Gaza residents said yesterday, letting farmers visit land near its security fence and letting fishermen head further out to sea.

The Egyptian-brokered ceasefire ended eight days of fighting that claimed 166 Palestinian and six Israeli lives, according to health officials. As part of the deal, Israel and Hamas are now to negotiate a further easing of the Gaza border blockade, first imposed by Israel and Egypt in 2007.

Rebels told to leave Great Lake area

Heads of state from Africa's Great Lakes region yesterday urged rebels in the Democratic Republic of Congo's turbulent east to stop expanding their war.

The leaders met in the Ugandan capital Kampala after the M23 rebels said they planned to "liberate" the central African country. A statement signed by the leaders after their meeting urged the M23 to "stop all war activities and withdraw from [the town of] Goma".

At least 18 miners perish in accident

Chinese state media said 18 people have died in the country's latest coal mine accident. The Xinhua News Agency said five people remained trapped underground yesterday after a coal and gas explosion in Xiangshui coalmine in Guizhou province.

Catalan separatists lead opinion polls

POLLING in regional elections in Spain's wealthy and influential north-eastern region of Catalonia takes place today, with separatists ahead in the final opinion polls.

With 135 parliamentary seats available, regional president Artur Mas's centre-right Catalan Nationalist Coalition is the most popular choice with voters.

Boxer 'Macho' dies after shooting

Former championship boxer Hector 'Macho' Camacho died yesterday at the hospital in Puerto Rico where he has been unconscious since he was shot in the face in an attack in his hometown. Mr Camacho was shot as he sat in a car with a friend who was killed in the attack.

FBI most-wanted criminal arrested

Mexican police have arrested Joe Luis Saenz, who is among the 10 most-wanted people by the US Federal Bureau of Investigation, Mexico's Public Security Ministry said. Saenz has been wanted since 1998 to face charges including murder, rape and kidnapping, the ministry said.

Miracle footballer takes to dancefloor

Miracle footballer Fabrice Muamba is to crown his comeback from the dead by transferring his nifty footwork to Strictly Come Dancing. The former Bolton Wanderers player – who suffered a heart attack during an FA Cup tie – will be on the one-off Christmas edition of the BBC One show.

Six die as train slams into car in Italy

six people died when a train slammed into a car crossing the tracks near Cosenza, a southern city in the 'toe' of boot-shaped Italy, said authorities. Marco Mancini, spokesman for the Italian state railways, said all those killed were in the car, which was struck yesterday afternoon.

Arafat's exhumed remains to be tested

The remains of former Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat will be exhumed on Tuesday as part of a renewed investigation into his death, a Palestinian investigator said yesterday.

Arafat died in 2004 in a French military hospital, a month after suddenly falling ill. Palestinian officials claim he was poisoned by Israel, an allegation denied by Israel.

Sunday Independent

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