Monday 11 December 2017

In brief: Five members of militant group arrested in Russia after bomb find

Reuters

FIVE members of a banned militant group have been arrested in the southern Russian town of Nalchik, where a home-made bomb packed with shrapnel has been defused, the Russian National Anti-terrorism Committee said yesterday.

Nalchik, in the foothills of the Caucasus mountains, is about 300km (190 miles) from the town of Sochi, host of next month's Winter Olympics, which Islamist militants have threatened to attack.

The games open on February 7 in Sochi, on the western edge of the Caucasus region, where insurgents want to carve out an Islamic state.

TWO DEAD AFTER GRENADE EXPLOSION

POLICE say two men have died after a hand grenade apparently exploded in their car in the Austrian capital, Vienna.

Officers found the men in a Bulgarian-registered car in Vienna's Ottakring district early on Saturday after a passer-by reported hearing shots or an explosion. One man in the car was already dead and the other died at the scene.

The Austria Press Agency reported that evidence points to a hand grenade having exploded and quoted police spokesman Thomas Keiblinger as saying officials "have no indications that it was thrown into the car".

No other weapons were found.

MOST BRITONS WANT UK TO STAY IN EU

MOST Britons think the UK should stay in the EU, but try to reduce its powers, than want the country to leave, according to a new survey.

Some 38 per cent favour the former course of action and 28 per cent the latter, the study by Ipsos MORI for think-tank British Future found. The think-tank said this was good news for Prime Minister David Cameron, who has proposed such a renegotiation.

WHITNEY'S DAUGHTER TIES THE KNOT

WHITNEY Houston's daughter, Bobbi Kristina Brown, has tied the knot with Nick Gordon.

A representative for the family confirmed that 20-year-old Brown had married Gordon, but did not know where or when the marriage took place. Brown tweeted about her marriage last Thursday, posting a photo of the couple wearing wedding rings with hands on top of each other.

Bobbi Kristina's father is Bobby Brown. The late Houston left her entire estate to her daughter.

ARCHBISHOP IN SEX PROBE GETS IMMUNITY

THE Vatican has told Polish prosecutors that its former ambassador to the Dominican Republic, under investigation for alleged sex abuse, is covered by diplomatic immunity and that the Vatican doesn't extradite its citizens.

The spokesman for Warsaw's provincial prosecutor's office, Przemyslaw Nowak, said prosecutors investigating archbishop Jozef Wesolowski asked the Vatican for information about his legal status. The Vatican spokesman, the Rev Federico Lombardi, said Wesolowski was being investigated by the Vatican for alleged canonical crimes and violations of the Vatican city state's criminal code.

SWEDISH PRINCESS TO GIVE BIRTH IN NYC

SWEDEN'S Royal Palace says Princess Madeleine and her American husband, banker Christopher O'Neill, have decided that their first child should be born in New York.

The palace said yesterday that the couple had decided to do so after "careful consideration" and consulting with her parents, King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia. The baby is expected in late February.

Irish Independent

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