Friday 25 May 2018

Retaliation promised by Islamic Jihad after seven militants killed in Gaza

SEVEN Palestinians were killed in the Gaza Strip yesterday in an Israeli air strike, Gaza emergency medical services spokesman Adham Abu Selmeya told reporters.

The strike was launched against a squad preparing to launch rockets into southern Israel, the Israeli army said, adding that the same group was responsible for firing a rocket into Israel last Wednesday.

The Islamic Jihad militant group said in a text message that its members were killed in an Israeli air strike on one of its training bases, ading that a senior commander was also killed. Islamic Jihad said it would retaliate.

Malay gay rights group marches proud

Thousands of gay rights supporters marched through Taiwan's capital yesterday, calling for increased tolerance and the enactment of anti-discrimination legislation.

The event is the ninth annual parade in Taipei, which has one of Asia's most vibrant gay communities.

The parade attracted gay people from around the world, with many marchers dressing up as prom queens, zombies and sumo wrestlers. About 12 men and women marched behind a Malaysian flag, deploring the absence of gay rights in the mostly Muslim country.

Ming Yueh of Kuala Lumpur said: "We hope to learn from Taiwan so we can help our friends back home."

Suicide bomber kills two in Turkey

Two people have been killed and 12 others injured by a suicide bomber in south-eastern Turkey, authorities said.

The attack happened in a main street of the mainly Kurdish city of Bingol, Governor Mustafa Hakan Guvencer said. There was no immediate claim of responsibility, but Kurdish rebels who are fighting for autonomy in Turkey's south-east have carried out suicide bombings in the past.

Mr Guvencer said the attack happened in one the city's busiest streets and three are wounded seriously.

Interior Minister Idris Naim Sahin said the blast occurred near the local branch of the ruling party on the 88th anniversary of the founding of the republic, but the building was not the intended target.

Spanish stabber kills three in rampage

Three people were killed and at least two others seriously injured when a man went on a stabbing rampage at his apartment building, Spanish officials said.

An Interior Ministry official said the suspect left his upper floor apartment in Valencia late yesterday and went downstairs knocking on random doors.

The occupants of one apartment opened the door and the suspect knifed and killed a 50-year-old man and his 13-year-old son, and seriously injured the man's 48-year-old wife. The official said that elsewhere in the building a 77-year-old woman was stabbed to death and a 44-year-old man was seriously injured. The man was arrested, but a motive for the attack has not been given.

Actress's sentence quashed in Iran

Amnesty International says an Iranian appeals court has overturned the lashing sentence against an actress who appeared in a film critical of the Islamic republic's hard-line policies.

Amnesty's website says Marzieh Vafamehr was released from prison earlier this week after her sentence of one year in prison and 90 lashes was overturned on appeal. There was no report on the case in the Iranian media yesterday.

Vafamehr appeared in 'My Tehran For Sale', which was shot in the Iranian capital. It tells the story of a young actress whose stage work is banned by authorities. It premiered at the Adelaide Film Festival in 2009, but is banned in Iran.

Earthquake devastates in Peru

A magnitude 6.9 earthquake that struck off the coast of southern Peru on Friday shook buildings in Lima and injured 83 people near the city of Ica, civil defence officials said yesterday. At least 88 homes were destroyed and another 40 were declared uninhabitable as a result of the quake, though no deaths were reported and big mines in the region continued to operate normally.

Those injured in Friday's quake were mainly treated for bruises and fractures caused by falling debris.

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