Monday 18 December 2017

Family row leads to eight deaths

A FAMILY argument in Ohio ended in the shooting deaths of eight people, including an 11-year-old, in two locations yesterday.

Copley Township police chief Michael Mier said one person shot five people to death in one location, then two more were killed nearby before police killed the shooter. He gave no more details, including how the shooter and victims were related or what led to the argument. Copley Township is a town of about 14,000 people outside the city of Akron in northeast Ohio.

Six killed in Iraq home bombings

SIX civilians have been killed and 14 others injured by bombs planted near two homes in central Iraq.

A police officer said the motive behind the attack at around 2am yesterday morning was still unknown. He said four bombs were planted near homes in the town of Iskandariyah, and that a woman and two children under 10 were among the dead.

Heavy fines for Nepal smoke ban

NEPAL has banned smoking in public and threatened to punish repeat offenders with steep fines.

Airports, hotels, restaurants, government offices and public transport will now be smoke-free under the law enacted yesterday. Health Ministry official Komal Prasad Acharya says government workers will issue fines of 100 rupees (98 cent) to people violating the ban and up to 100,000 rupees (€980) for repeat offenders. More than 40pc of Nepalese smoke tobacco products.

Lloyd swaggers to top of UK charts

CHER Lloyd stormed to the top of the UK singles chart yesterday with her debut release Swagger Jagger.

The 18-year-old from Malvern, Worcestershire, a finalist in last year's 'X Factor', deposed She Makes Me Wanna, by previous 'X Factor' finalists JLS, featuring Dev. "Having a number one was the best thing I could have asked for," said Cher, who spent her childhood dreaming of being in the charts.

Gunmen kill three police officers

GUNMEN have killed three police officers in the south west of Pakistan.

The attackers opened fire on the officers in Quetta yesterday during a patrol on the city's outskirts. It was not immediately clear who was behind the attack. Nationalist groups and Islamist militants are operational in the region. Islamist militants have also been operating in and around Quetta.

Irish Independent

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