Insurgents exploit Muslim holiday of Eid to kill 40 in Iraq terror attacks
BOMBINGS in Iraq near a playground, a bus station and in other locations have killed at least 40 people, including children, challenging government efforts to promote a sense of stability during major Muslim holidays.
The strikes underscored the difficulties facing Iraq's leadership as it struggles to keep citizens safe. Authorities had increased security to thwart attackers who they suspected would use the four-day Eid al-Adha holiday to strike when families gather in public places.
Refugees hijack boat, abandon crew
AUTHORITIES in Sri Lanka on Saturday arrested 14 asylum seekers accused of hijacking a fishing boat and throwing its crew into the sea to die, police said.
The 12 men, a woman and a girl were deported by Australian authorities and were immediately arrested after arriving in Sri Lanka on Saturday, police spokesman Prishantha Jayakody said. Two of the abandoned fishermen were rescued. Three other crew members have not been found.
Al-Qaeda urges kidnap of westerners
THE LEADER of al-Qaeda has urged Muslims to kidnap Westerners to exchange for imprisoned jihadists. Ayman Al-Zawahri also urged support for Syria's uprising and called for the implementation of Shariah law in Egypt.
In a two-hour tirade posted on various militant forums on the internet, the Egyptian-born jihadist said abducting nationals of "countries waging wars on Muslims" is the only way to free "our captives".
FBI tip leads French to US developer
AN FBI tip helped French police track down and arrest an 87-year-old real-estate developer and his wife wanted for more than a year after the couple quietly settled near an Alpine lake, French officials said on Friday.
French police arrested former Seattle real estate developer Michael Mastro and his wife, Linda, on Wednesday at their apartment in the town of Doussard near Lake Annecy. A day later, US authorities handed them a 43-count grand jury indictment on charges of money laundering and bankruptcy fraud.
Vatican tries to woo breakaway group
THE VATICAN is again opening the door to a group of breakaway traditionalist Catholics, saying patience, perseverance and trust are necessary to end 25 years of schism. In a statement the Vatican said it understands the Society of St Pius X needs more time to consider its offer to bring the group back under the Pope's wing.
Taliban murder five bus passengers
POLICE say Taliban militants have pulled five Afghan civilians off a bus in east Afghanistan and shot them dead.
Ghazni province Deputy Police Chief Mohammad Hussain says the insurgents stopped the bus on Friday as it was driving in Andar district on the main road headed south to Kandahar city. He says they pulled out five people and killed them on the spot.
Police clash with protesters at airport
SEVERAL hundred striking Air France workers have clashed with police during a demonstration inside Paris' Roissy-Charles de Gaulle airport.
The protesters and police scuffled in one of the airport's departure halls, knocking over planters and surprising travellers waiting for flights. The demonstrators are protesting a restructuring plan that aims to cut 10 per cent of the airline's workforce.
Deal nears for South African miners
Anglo American Platinum yesterday agreed to reinstate 12,000 South African workers dismissed earlier this month for staging illegal strikes -- though in other nearby mines police fired rubber bullets at some striking miners.
Fifth Tibetan dies in self-immolation
A MAN in his early 20s has become the fifth Tibetan in a week to set himself on fire and die in a county in far-western China to protest against Chinese rule.
Tsepag Kyab, 21, set himself on fire on Friday evening at a bus station in Amuquhu town in Xiahe county, the Central Tibetan Administration said.
Composer Hans Werner Henze dies, 86
GERMAN avant-garde composer Hans Werner Henze has died at 86. Schott Music said that Henze died on Saturday in Dresden. It didn't disclose the cause of death.
Henze's work over the decades straddled musical genres. He composed stage works, symphonies, concertos, chamber works and a requiem. He once said "many things wander from the concert hall to the stage and vice versa".