Saturday 7 December 2019

Bill Cosby tour opens without a hitch as sex controversy shadows comedian

Bill Cosby has been accused by several more women of sexual assault this week, however this did not prevent the first stop on his American stand-up tour passing without a hitch this weekend. Victoria Will/Invision/AP
Bill Cosby has been accused by several more women of sexual assault this week, however this did not prevent the first stop on his American stand-up tour passing without a hitch this weekend. Victoria Will/Invision/AP
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Bill Cosby's first stop on his American stand-up tour went without a hitch this weekend after a week in which several more women came forward to accuse him of sexual assault.

Cosby was greeted by a standing ovation at the King Centre for the Performing Arts in Melbourne, Florida. But the comedian made no mention of the controversy during his sold­-out, 90-minute routine.

Some of those who attended said they feared the show would be interrupted by protesters. An Orlando radio show host had offered hecklers cash to harass the comedian.

Instead, the only interruption came from supporters who shouted "We love you, Bill Cosby!" during his stand-up set.

 

No movement in Iranian nuclear talks

The likelihood of Iran and six world powers reaching a comprehensive agreement over Tehran's nuclear plans by a November 24 deadline is "very small", a European source close to the talks in Vienna said yesterday.

Discussions about extending talks beyond Monday's self-imposed deadline may yet begin. There had been no significant progress so far on the main stumbling blocks of Iran's uranium enrichment capacity and the lifting of sanctions imposed on Iran over its nuclear programme.

 

Kenyan bus attack: 28 massacred

Somalia's Islamic extremist rebels in Al-Shabab attacked a bus in northern Kenya at dawn yesterday, singling out and killing 28 non-Muslims, Kenyan police said.

Al-Shabab claimed responsibility for the attack through its radio station in Somalia, saying it was in retaliation for raids by Kenyan security forces carried out last week on four mosques on the Kenyan coast.

Nineteen men and nine women were killed in the bus attack. Kenya's military said it responded to the bus assault with airstrikes later yesterday, destroying the attackers' camp in Somalia and killing 45 rebels.

The attackers first tried to wave the bus down but it didn't stop so the gunmen sprayed it with bullets. When that didn't work, they shot a rocket propelled grenade at it.

The gunmen ordered all the passengers out of the vehicle and separated those who appeared to be non-Muslims from the rest by asking them questions about the Koran. Those who did not seem Muslim were shot at close range.

 

Plague kills 40 people in Madagascar

A plague outbreak has killed 40 people in Madagascar, with 119 people diagnosed with the disease since August.

Two people have been diagnosed and one has died in the capital of the island nation. The World Health Organisation (WHO) fears the plague outbreak may spread rapidly in Antananarivo, Madagascar's densely populated capital.

Plague is carried by rodents and spread by fleas. Humans are infected when they are bitten by fleas, causing swelling of the lymph nodes and sometimes pneumonia.

 

Isis killers strike outside Baghdad

Islamic State militants yesterday killed 25 members of a Sunni Muslim tribe during their assault on a provincial capital west of Baghdad, local officials say, in apparent revenge for tribal opposition to the radical Islamists.

 

Ex-Portuguese PM held for fraud

Portuguese police have arrested former socialist PM Jose Socrates and three other people in an investigation of suspected tax fraud, corruption and money-laundering.

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