Tuesday 20 February 2018

Bomb at outdoor market in Baghdad kills four people and injures 12 others

Iraqi officials said a bomb went off in an outdoor market in west Baghdad. Police officials said that the blast yesterday morning in Abu Ghraib killed four people and wounded 12 others. Also, police said, attackers killed three off-duty policemen near Fallujah, 65km west of Baghdad.

SYRIAN TROOPS ATTACK REBELS IN HOMS

Syrian warplanes and ground forces bombarded rebel-held neighbourhoods in Homs yesterday as part of the military's campaign against opposition fighters in the heart of the city, activists said. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said air strikes hit two districts in the city centre.

CAMERON IN SUPPORT OF GAY MARRIAGE

British Prime Minister David Cameron has re-affirmed his support for same-sex marriage in a message to mark gay and lesbian Pride Day. Mr Cameron said a bill legalising gay marriage before parliament would send a message to young gay people that "their love is the same as anyone else's love".

TEENAGER 'KILLED BOY WITH BOWLING BALL'

authorities allege a 13-year-old north Texas boy facing a murder charge used a bowling ball to fatally beat a five-year-old boy. The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports that authorities say the teen has confessed to the killing.

ROADSIDE BOMB KILLS SEVEN IN THAILAND

Seven soldiers have been killed in a roadside bomb attack in Thailand's insurgency-plagued south, police colonel Metha Singhasena said. A group of suspected insurgents detonated the bomb on a rural road in Krong Pinang district in Yala province as a military truck passed by, he said.

FORMER MEXICAN STATE GOVERNOR JAILED

Mario Ernesto Villanueva Madrid, a former governor of a Mexican state, who admitted to conspiring to launder money in a US drug case has been sentenced to 11 years in prison. His lawyer Richard Lind said his client will get credit for time in prison and might be freed in three years.

'INTO THE WILD' BUS HIKERS RESCUED

Three hikers trying to reach a remote bus in the Alaska wilderness made famous by the book Into The Wild signalled a military helicopter with a mirror for rescue. The chopper found the hikers stranded by the Teklanika River.

MAN ARRESTED OVER HOME INVASION

A man has been arrested over a New Jersey home invasion that left a mother beaten. The Essex County prosecutor's office said 42-year-old Shawn Custis was arrested on Friday in Manhattan. Custis faces charges of attempted murder, robbery, burglary and child endangerment.

S KOREA EXTENDS FIGHTER-JET BIDDING

South Korea extended its window for accepting bids to supply 60 fighter jets at a cost of 8.3 trillion won (€5.6bn). Arms procurement official Baek Youn-hyeong said bidding resumes on Tuesday after a round ended with no winner.

BOSTON FOUNDER TO PAY $132,000 COSTS

The founder of rock band Boston has been ordered to pay a newspaper $132,000 for costs in defending itself against his defamation lawsuit. Tom Scholz claimed the Boston Herald and two reporters blamed him for the suicide of lead singer Brad Delp. A Superior Court judge dismissed his lawsuit.

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