Monday 20 November 2017

In Brief: UK man charged over alleged Facebook threat to kill 200 people in Tennessee

A British man was charged yesterday after he allegedly posted a threat on Facebook to kill 200 people in the US state of Tennessee, authorities said.

Reece Elliott, 24, from near Newcastle, has been charged with making malicious comments, which led to 2,900 children skipping class in Warren County, police said. He did not enter a plea and was ordered to remain in custody.

The online posting was made anonymously on a memorial page set up for a Tennessee student who died in October.

Rockets claim lives of six refugees

Rockets and mortar rounds struck a refugee camp for Iranian exiles next to Baghdad's international airport before dawn yesterday, killing six people and wounding about 40, police and UN officials said.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon condemned the attack, urging Iraqi officials to bring the attackers to justice.

Tories lead in race for Huhne seat

David Cameron's Conservatives begin a battle to win the Eastleigh parliamentary special election following former minister Chris Huhne's resignation with a three-point lead over Nick Clegg's Liberal Democrats, who currently hold the seat, a poll showed.

Honduran soldiers to tackle city gangs

Around 1,400 soldiers have been deployed to fight street gangs in the two biggest and most violent cities in Honduras.

The troops began patrolling the capital, Tegucigalpa, and the city of San Pedro Sula yesterday in what police chief Juan Bonilla said was part of a "frontal attack against crime".

State governor saves pig's bacon

A YOUNG pig has won a reprieve from the frying pan just as Iowa's popular bacon festival was about to begin. Iowa governor Terry Branstad pardoned the Berkshire pig named Bonnie in a ceremony ahead of the Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival, and she will now become a farm pet.

Spain's PM places tax returns online

SPAIN's prime minister has published a summary of his income and tax returns in a bid to defuse a corruption scandal engulfing his government after the publication of media allegations that he and senior members of his party received and distributed under-the-table payments.

Russian dissident banned from web

A TOP Russian opposition figure has been placed under house arrest for two months, a move that also bans him from the internet, telephone and sending letters.

A Moscow court imposed the restrictions yesterday on Sergei Udaltsov after prosecutors complained he had violated a previous agreement not to leave Moscow.

Egyptian court orders YouTube block

AN Egyptian court ordered the suspension of online video service YouTube for a month yesterday for broadcasting a film insulting Mohammad, state media reported. The block was ordered after the site showed Innocence of Muslims, which depicts the prophet as a fool and a sexual deviant.

Five die in US head-on collision

FIVE people have been killed in a head-on collision in Georgia, in the US. Georgia State Patrol spokesman Gordy Wright said a two-vehicle crash happened yesterday near LaGrange, about 45 miles north of Columbus.

National emergency over coffee rust

A national emergency has been declared in Guatemala over the spread of coffee rust, a fungus that is affecting 70 per cent of the country's crop. President Otto Molina Perez has released of more than $14m (€10.4m) to aid growers.

Vigilante farmers target criminals

Mexican farmers who took up arms against drug-gang crime have turned over to authorities 11 of 53 people they detained. Movement leader Bruno Placido said the 11 were accused by residents of murder, kidnapping and extortion.

Network pulls drama after two shows

A drama series based on the story of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde has been axed in the US after just two episodes. NBC pulled the plug on Do No Harm, after its historically small audience dropped further in its second airing.

Five newspaper workers kidnapped

FIVE employees of a newspaper in northern Mexico were kidnapped and held for hours. The Siglo de Torreon said the abductions reflected the lack of security for newspaper staff.

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