Thursday 22 February 2018

In Brief: Rebels 'will accept' peacekeeping force if Assad is removed from power

Syrian jets bombed rebel-held areas of Damascus yesterday, residents said, as the opposition indicated it could accept an international peacekeeping force if President Bashar al-Assad is forced from power.

Warplanes attacked the Damascus suburbs of Kafar Souseh and Darraya, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, an opposition-linked group. The air strikes follow intensified rebel activity in the capital, as well as successful stormings of government military bases in recent weeks.

Footballer kills girlfriend and himself

AN American football player killed himself in front of his team's general manager and coach after shooting dead his girlfriend. Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher, 25, shot his girlfriend and then went to the National Football League team's practice facility. He was talking with team officials when police arrived, and shot himself in the head. Belcher and his girlfriend had a child together.

Defiant North Korea to launch rocket

North Korea has announced it will attempt to launch a long-range rocket in mid-December, just eight months after a failed April bid was widely condemned as a violation of a UN ban against developing its nuclear and missile programmes. The launch, set for December 10 to 22, is likely to heighten already strained tensions with Washington and Seoul.

UK petition calls for new press laws

A petition calling for the UK's three main party leaders to bring in a new press watchdog backed by law has attracted more than 56,000 signatures since being launched by high-profile victims of media intrusion.

Gerry McCann, father of missing Madeleine, and Christopher Jefferies, the landlord wrongly arrested for the murder of Joanna Yeates, urged the public to back their online campaign after British prime minister David Cameron indicated he planned to spike recommendations to introduce legislation. Mr Cameron and Culture Secretary Maria Miller will meet the newspaper industry's most powerful editors this week to push for urgent action in setting up a new press watchdog. analysis

Congo rebels in retreat from key city

Rebels believed to be backed by Rwanda completed their retreat from Congo's eastern provincial capital yesterday less than two weeks after taking control of the strategic city. The M23 rebels took Goma, the capital of North Kivu, on November 20, after battling the Congolese army for nearly a day.

Two killed in Miami airport bus crash

A bus carrying more than 30 people hit a concrete overpass at Miami International Airport, killing two people on board and leaving three others critically injured. The other 27 passengers were hurt, but their injuries were less extensive, authorities said.

Brooks crowned TV's jungle queen

Soap star Charlie Brooks was crowned Queen of the Jungle last night as she won I'm a Celebrity ... Get Me Out Of Here! beating former Pussycat Doll Ashley Roberts in the first ever all-female final. The EastEnders star told presenters Ant and Dec she felt "silly" after winning, adding: "I never expected this, not in a million years. Everyone's been amazing and brilliant." The 31-year-old actress was reunited with her daughter Kiki, seven, for the first time since she entered the jungle and the pair shared an emotional reunion.

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