Saturday 18 November 2017

Five children killed in Uganda after mudslide hit home while they slept

AN aid official has said that five children in Uganda died during a landslide that hit their home as they slept, while their parents survived.

Regional Red Cross coordinator Kevin Nabutuwa said the landslide swept through the home early yesterday, burying the children as they slept in their beds. The four girls and one boy ranged in age from 3 to 13. The children's parents were sleeping in another room of the home and survived.

Three girls die during attack on base

Three children were killed in Afghanistan yesterday when insurgents attacked a base operated by coalition forces in Khowst Province, Nato's International Security Assistance Force said.

"Two children died in the blast and a third girl later died of her wounds," the statement said.

Iraqi security personnel gunned down

Gunmen killed five Iraqi security personnel in separate attacks yesterday.

In the first attack, gunmen armed with silenced pistols killed two policemen asleep in their patrol car at a security checkpoint in the New Baghdad neighbourhood.

A half-hour later, a drive-by shooting on a checkpoint killed two more policemen in the Amil area of south-west Baghdad. Gunmen also attacked a checkpoint manned by government-backed Sunni fighters, killing one.

Portugal struggles as wildfires spread

MORE than 600 firefighters were battling at least 26 serious wildfire outbreaks in three separate areas of Portugal yesterday. Fires with several active fronts have flared up and are being fought near south-western Sintra, close to the northern border with Spain, and in the central Serra da Estrela natural park.

'Pink panther' heist suspect extradited

A SUSPECTED member of the "Pink Panther" ring of jewel thieves -- thought to be mainly from the Balkans -- is being extradited to Japan from Spain on accusations he stole a $2m (€1.56m) diamond tiara in Tokyo three years ago. Rifat Hadziahmetovic, 42, suspected of snatching the tiara from a downtown Tokyo store in 2007, was handed over to Japanese authorities yesterday.

Sunday Independent

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