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Saturday 24 February 2018

Brown trial delayed

Press Association

Singer Chris Brown's trial on an assault charge has been delayed. A judge in Washington, US, delayed the trial's start until tomorrow while lawyers work out issues over evidence from Brown's bodyguard.

Bodyguard Chris Hollosy was convicted of assault yesterday. Brown's lawyers want Hollosy to give evidence on Brown's behalf, but Hollosy plans to appeal. Both men were arrested in October after a man accused them of punching him outside a hotel.

FIVE SENTENCED TO DIE

A Saudi court has sentenced five people to death and 37 others to prison on charges related to attacks against expatriate residential compounds in the country's capital more than a decade ago.

In the May 2003 attacks, militants shot and bombed their way into three compounds in Riyadh. The assault left 35 people dead, including eight Americans and nine attackers.

234 GIRLS ABDUCTED

Some 234 girls are missing from a Nigerian school attacked last week by Islamic extremists – significantly more than the 85 reported by education officials, parents told the state governor.

The Boko Haram terrorist network has been blamed for the abductions. Security sources have said they are in "hot pursuit" of the abductors, but so far they have not rescued any of the girls and young women, aged between 16 and 18.

AMNESTY FOR 50 REBELS

Congo has announced the first batch of former rebels who will receive an amnesty adopted earlier this year. The Justice Ministry announced over the weekend a list of around 50 people that includes members of the former M23 rebels, who were defeated by the government late last year.

The M23 launched its rebellion in eastern Congo in 2012. The army chased the M23 from the country last November and both sides signed a peace declaration.

SKYDIVE PLANE PROBE

Finnish authorities say the investigation into the plane crash that killed eight skydivers could take weeks or longer to complete.

The head of the investigation, Ismo Aaltonen, said two jumpers and the pilot aboard the Comp Air 8 kit aircraft managed to parachute to safety in Sunday's crash. Mr Aaltonen said investigators didn't know the cause of the crash and the probe could "could take weeks and even much longer", partly because the victims and the plane were badly burned. The survivors haven't been questioned yet.

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