Tuesday 12 December 2017

Jealousy the motive as three killed in gun attack on southern Finland farm

AT least three people have been killed in a shooting incident at a farm in southwest Finland.

Police yesterday confirmed that there were several dead in the shooting that took place at around noon near the town of Mayry, and that the gunman was one of the dead. Police said jealousy was the motive behind the attack.

Car bomb in Iraq kills Shiite pilgrims

AT least seven Shiite Muslim pilgrims from Iran and Pakistan were killed in Iraq yesterday when a car bomb went off by a restaurant in a city north of the capital.

The attack took place a few days into the holy month of Ashura, which is of special significance to Shiite Muslims, who are targeted by al Qaeda's Iraqi affiliate and other Sunni Islamist insurgents.

UN in attack on M23 rebels in Congo

THE UN's mission in Congo has launched their attack helicopters in an assault on the M23 rebel group after fighting resumed following a month-long lull in violence.

Two army officers and 151 rebels were killed on Thursday in a battle that the UN called the worst clash between the M23 group and the military since July.

Turkey to ask for Nato border missiles

TURKEY will formally ask Nato tomorrow to set up missiles on its border with Syria due to growing concern about spillover from the 20-month-old civil war in its neighbour, a German newspaper reported yesterday.

Turkey said on Friday that it had intensified talks with Nato allies on how to shore up security on its 900km frontier with Syria after mortar rounds fired from Syria landed inside its territory.

Egyptian constitutional group resigns

A group of technical advisers helping to write Egypt's new constitution resigned yesterday, saying their voices were not being heard.

Representatives of Christian churches have also left and on Wednesday former liberal presidential candidate Amr Moussa said he had suspended participation.

Iraqi Kurdistan will 'defend itself'

Iraqi Kurdish President Masoud Barzani yesterday said that the region was fully prepared to defend itself, after a skirmish between Iraqi forces and Kurdish troops along their disputed internal border.

Suspected human remains in crocodile

Australian police looking for a missing child say they have found human remains inside a crocodile.

The seven-year-old girl was swimming with her family in a remote waterhole in the Northern Territory on Friday, when a saltwater crocodile attacked and dragged her under. A day later rangers shot dead a three-metre-long reptile in the waterhole. Initial tests suggest its stomach contained human remains.

'Holy grail of 78s' bought for a song

A record store owner in the US has found what he calls "the holy grail of 78s" in a box of old albums he picked up for about €35.

Jerry Weber said he discovered a copy of the second song ever recorded by Mississippi blues legend Robert Johnson, I Believe I'll Dust My Broom, put to disc two years before Johnson's mysterious death in 1938, aged 27.

The rarity – whose value is estimated at between €4,000 and €10,000 – was tucked in a collection of otherwise worthless, water-damaged old platters that sat in a hallway at Jerry's Records Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

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