Saturday 25 November 2017

In brief: Nato troops among dead after suicide attack on meeting in Afghanistan

A suicide bomber wearing a police uniform blew himself up during a meeting at a provincial governor's compound yesterday in Afghanistan, killing two Nato troops and four Afghans, among them a top police officer, officials said.

Nato confirmed two coalition service members died in the attack. Among those killed was General Daood Daood, police commander in northern Afghanistan, said Dr Hassain Basech, health director of the province.

Three aid workers missing in Yemen

Three French aid workers are missing in eastern Yemen, and officials fear they were abducted by tribesmen.

Kidnappings are common in Yemen. The two women and one man work for Triangle Generation Humanitaire, based in Lyon, France. One of the organisation's directors, Patrick Verbruggen, said they worked in the eastern town of Sayoun and disappeared yesterday.

Eight elders killed in Pakistan attack

A suicide bomber targeted pro-government tribal elders in Pakistan's north-western frontier yesterday, killing eight men. The attack came a day after US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton during a visit implored Pakistanis to take decisive steps to fight terrorism.

Eight men died and 10 were wounded when a bomb ripped through a restaurant in the troubled Bajur tribal region. The Pakistani Taliban claimed responsibility.

Musician Gil Scott-Heron dies aged 62

Musician Gil Scott-Heron, who helped lay the groundwork for rap but saw his brilliance undermined by many years of drug addiction, has died aged 62.

Scott-Heron was known for work that reflected the fury of black America in the post-civil rights era.

Egyptian officials must pay $90m

An Egyptian judge has fined Hosni Mubarak and two other former officials $90m (€62.8m) for government-imposed telecommunication disruptions during the popular uprising earlier this year.

Mr Mubarak is now in custody in hospital pending trial on charges of corruption and conspiring in the deadly shootings of protesters. He has been ordered to pay $33m (€23m) of the sum. Former minister Habib el-Adly must pay $50m (€34.9m) and Ahmed Nazif $7m (€4.8m).

Gay rights march row in Moscow

Dozens of people were detained in Moscow yesterday after gay rights activists and their opponents clashed at the sixth straight attempt to hold a gay pride parade.

Gay rights activists had hoped that Moscow's new mayor, Sergei Sobyanin, would finally allow parades.

Nine dead in German E.coli outbreak

Two more people have died of a bacterial outbreak allegedly caused by contaminated Spanish cucumbers -- bringing the number of deaths to nine.

German news agency DAPD reported that two more women died yesterday and almost 300 are sick with hemolytic uremic syndrome, or HUS. HUS is a rare complication most commonly associated with E.coli.

Former Italian bank governor is jailed

An Italian court has sentenced Italy's former central bank governor Antonio Fazio to four years in jail for market-rigging, related to a 2005 takeover battle over Italian bank Banca Antonveneta. A Milan court has also ordered Fazio to pay a €1.5m fine.

Leica camera sells for record €1.3m

An Austrian auction house said yesterday that an 88-year-old camera has sold for a record €1.3m.

WestLicht said the rare Leica is part of a small series dating back to 1923 and was valued at up to €450,000.

Runaway bus in Stockholm injures six

A bus raced out of control into a busy square in central Stockholm yesterday, injuring six people.

A police spokesman said five of the people hit by the bus were seriously injured.

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