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Saturday 20 January 2018

Iraq blasts kill 23

BOMBS have ripped through outdoor markets in and near Baghdad, killing at least 23 people and wounding dozens in the latest of a deadly wave that has hit Iraq in recent months, officials said.

Three bombs went off simultaneously in the Shi'ite village of Sabaa al-Bour, about 30 kilometres (20 miles) north of the Iraqi capital. Police said the explosions – two at the market entrance and one inside the shopping area – went off as the place was packed with shoppers.

AUSCHWITZ CHARGES

GERMAN prosecutors said they have charged a 93-year-old man who allegedly served as an Auschwitz death camp guard with being an accessory to murder. The suspect, Hans Lipschis, was charged yesterday in connection with the killing of around 10,500 people who were brought to Auschwitz between October 1941 and September 1943.

Lipschis, who was taken into custody in May, has admitted being assigned to an SS guard unit at Auschwitz. But he maintains he only served as a cook and wasn't involved in any war crimes.

MISSING LINK FISH FOUND

AN international team of scientists in China has discovered what may be the earliest-known creature with a distinct face, a 419 million-year-old fish that could be a missing link in the development of vertebrates.

The fossil find in China's Xiaoxiang Reservoir, reported by the journal 'Nature' on Thursday, is the most primitive vertebrate discovered with a modern jaw, including a dentary bone found in humans. Abuse quiz for Hall

Disgraced veteran broadcaster Stuart Hall is facing more police questioning over new allegations of sexual offences.

Lancashire Police have received "further allegations" about Hall, who was jailed for 15 months in June after admitting 14 counts of indecent assault against girls as young as nine. It is understood the fresh allegations are also of a sexual nature.

30 DIE IN SUDAN RIOTS

At least 30 people have reportedly been killed in Sudan during days of rioting over sudden fuel price hikes.

Sudanese authorities deployed troops after at least 20 petrol stations were torched in violent protests that have raged since Monday, sparked when President Omar al-Bashir's government announced its decision to lift fuel subsidies, immediately doubling the price of petrol. Hospital officials and activists said that at least 30 people had been killed in the violence.

Irish Independent

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