Monday 18 November 2019

In brief: French police arrest two people in connection with murders near Paris

French police have arrested two people in connection with four murders outside Paris that authorities fear may be the work of a serial killer, officials said yesterday.

One was arrested yesterday afternoon, an official close to the investigation said. He added that police were carrying out searches following the arrest. A judicial official, meanwhile, said another person was in custody, without specifying when the suspect was brought in. Prosecutors have said that the same semi-automatic gun was used in all four attacks in the Essonne region and that two victims lived in the same building.

Six world powers hold talks with Iran

Talks between Iran and six world powers resumed in Turkey yesterday after a 15-month gap, as delegates sought to find ways of resolving a dispute over Tehran's nuclear programme and easing fears of a new Middle East war.

The talks are unlikely to yield any major breakthrough but diplomats believe a serious commitment from Iran could be enough to schedule another round of talks for next month to start discussing issues at the heart of the dispute.

Lockerbie bomber 'on his last breath'

The former Libyan intelligence officer convicted of the 1988 Lockerbie plane bombing was taken to hospital on Saturday for a blood transfusion with his health deteriorating, his family says.

The son of Abdel Baset al-Megrahi, Khaled, said his father was taken to Tripoli Medical Centre for the second time in two days. "He is on his last breath," Khaled said. Al-Megrahi is the only person convicted for the bombing over Lockerbie, Scotland, that killed 270 people. He was released from a Scottish prison on humanitarian grounds in 2009, eight years into a life sentence.

Brazilian cannibals sold human pies

BRAZILIAN police have arrested three people for killing at least two women, eating parts of their bodies and using their flesh to make stuffed pastries known as empanadas that they sold to neighbours in the northeastern city city of Garanhuns.

The three suspects -- a man, his wife and his mistress -- belonged to a sect that preached "the purification of the world and the reduction of its population", police said.

Eight al-Qaeda members die in Yemen

Yemen's defence ministry said eight suspected al-Qaeda militants and four security personnel died yesterday in clashes in the southern port city of Aden.

Two soldiers and two Islamic militants were injured in the fighting in the Jawallah area, in the north of the city, the ministry said on its website.

Sudanese troops advance on oil city

Sudanese troops advanced to within about 20km of the oil-rich city of Heglig, which forces from newly independent South Sudan seized last week, an army spokesman has said.

Fighting continued on the outskirts of Heglig, Khaled al-Sawarami said yesterday by telephone from the capital, Khartoum. Sudanese forces have sustained casualties, but Mr al-Sawarami said he was unable to quantify them.

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