Saturday 14 December 2019

Egypt convicts 170

26 hurt in bus crash

Associated Press

A pair of Egyptian courts yesterday convicted 170 suspected supporters of toppled President Mohammed Morsi on charges over violent attacks last year in the country's latest mass trials ahead of this month's presidential elections.

The convictions in the courts in Cairo and in the Nile Delta city of Kafr el-Sheikh are the latest in a series over recent months that saw hundreds of people prosecutors identified as Morsi supporters sentenced to death or imprisonment.

A bus carrying 26 Belgian tourists skidded off a road in Romania's Transylvania region injuring two of them seriously and leaving one in a coma.

Police spokesman Liviu Naghi said the Romanian driver lost control yesterday and the bus veered off the road, careering into a ditch. Belgium's foreign ministry said all 26 tourists were injured, with one person transported to a regional hospital in a coma and two others hospitalised with serious injuries.

Brazilian officials say inmates at a prison in the city of Aracaju are holding four prison officers hostage.

Legal counsel for the prison, Sandra Melo, said the inmates were also refusing to allow nearly 130 prisoners' relatives to leave the grounds. Ms Melo said the inmates want to be transferred from the maximum-security prison to others. She is legal adviser for the company Fundacao Reviver, which runs the Advogado Antonio Jacinto Filho complex holding 476 inmates.

A pensioner has been arrested on suspicion of murdering a woman aged in her 20s.

The woman was discovered yesterday at a house in Barrow, Cumbria. A spokeswoman for Cumbria Constabulary said: "Police are currently investigating the circumstances of a sudden death in Barrow. Police arrested a man (68) on suspicious of murder.

Dobrica Cosic, a nationalist writer who served briefly as Yugoslavia's president as the country unraveled in civil war, died yesterday, his family said. He was 92.

Mr Cosic, a former communist-turned nationalist, was one of the most influential figures in 20th Century Serbia. He played an important role in the rise of Serbian national-ism in the 1980s, leading to the bloody break-up of the former Yugoslavia.

Irish Independent

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