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Wednesday 21 February 2018

Man charged with student's killing

A 20-year-old man has been charged with the murder of Indian student Anuj Bidve, who was shot dead on St Stephen's Day.

Mr Bidve (23) was shot at close range by a gunman in an apparently motiveless attack in Salford, Manchester. Last night Greater Manchester Police said Kiaran Mark Stapleton had been charged with the murder.

Wife of murdered governor quizzed

THE wife of the governor of Argentina's Rio Negro province has been questioned by police after he was fatally shot in the face.

Carlos Soria (61) died in what was "presumably the product of a domestic accident", according to local officials.

Home-brew drink kills 16 in India

An official says at least 16 people have died after drinking a toxic home-brewed alcohol over the weekend in southern India.

Another 24 villagers are being treated in hospitals in the Krishna district in Andhra Pradesh state.

Seven people died soon after drinking the illegally brewed alcohol on Saturday and another nine lost their lives yesterday. The victims were poor labourers looking for a cheap means of intoxication. Deaths from drinking illegally brewed alcohol are common in India.

Seven die as boat capsizes off Kenya

Seven people died when a boat carrying dozens of passengers capsized after hitting another vessel off the Kenyan island of Lamu yesterday evening, the Kenya Red Cross said.

Nelly Muluka-Oluoch, a Kenya Red Cross spokeswoman, said 20 survivors had been found so far and the boat may have been carrying up to 80 passengers. The boat was taking people from Lamu Island to the nearby mainland.

LA on high alert over arson attacks

Residents in Los Angeles were on alert once again last night amid a wave of arson attacks which have seen more than 38 vehicles set ablaze in incidents that began last Thursday evening and continued through Saturday night.

While there have been no injuries or loss of life, the torching of the cars, usually parked in front driveways or in parking garages, has put much of the Californian city on edge. In some cases, the fires have spread to adjacent properties. Those damaged so far have included the one-time pad of Jim Morrison of The Doors in the Hollywood Hills neighbourhood.

Irish Independent

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