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Tuesday 24 October 2017

Earthquake hits Italy

Press Association

An earthquake has rattled much of southern Italy, sending frightened people into the streets of Naples and surrounding towns.

Italy's National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology said yesterday's quake at 18.08pm (17.08 GMT) had a magnitude of 4.9 and struck about 8.5km underground. Its epicentre was between the towns of Caserta and Benevento. There were no reports of injuries or damage.

ROCKETS FIRED AT ISRAEL

Rockets from Lebanon have struck northern Israel, causing no injuries but sparking an Israeli reprisal shelling in a rare flare-up between the two countries.

Residents of Israeli town Kiryat Shmona awoke to two large explosions. Israeli police said the rocket fire caused no injuries or damage. Shortly after, the country's military said it responded with artillery fired towards the source of the launch.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu accused the government of Lebanon of "not lifting a finger" to stop the "war crimes" committed in its territory by Hezbollah.

RAPPER DOE B KILLED

Rapper Doe B and another person have been killed in a shooting that also wounded six others inside a bar and grill in Alabama, US.

Police said the gunfire happened at about 1am local time in the bar and grill in Montgomery, about 1km from Alabama State University.

Police identified those killed as Kimberle Johnson (21) and Glenn Thomas (22). Thomas -- an up-and-coming rapper known as Doe B -- was taken to hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.

COMPOSER KILAR DIES

Wojciech Kilar, a Polish pianist and composer of classical music and scores for many films, including 'The Pianist' and 'Bram Stoker's Dracula' has died. He was 81.

The composer died in his home town of Katowice, southern Poland, following a long illness, according to Jerzy Kornowicz, head of the Association of Polish Composers.

SIX FATALITIES IN IRAQ

Officials say a drive-by shooting and a bomb in Iraq have killed at least six people.

A police officer said gunmen in a speeding car opened fire yesterday at a checkpoint run by anti-al-Qa'ida, pro-government Sunni militiamen in Baghdad's western suburb of Abu Ghraib, killing four and wounding three.

The Sunni militia, known as the Awakening Council, was formed by the US forces during the height of the insurgency. They are seen as traitors by al-Qa'ida's local branch and other militant groups.

Irish Independent

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