Saturday 21 April 2018

Muslim sect kills 67 people in wave of attacks across north-east Nigeria

At least 67 people have died in a wave of bombings and shootings in north-east Nigeria, officials said yesterday.

A radical Muslim sect known locally as Boko Haram claimed responsibility for the attacks, which represent the most co-ordinated and wide-ranging assault yet in its increasingly bloody sectarian fight with Nigeria's weak central government.

The sect, which wants the strict implementation of Shariah law across the nation of more than 160 million people, promised more attacks.

Farc leader Cano dies in firefight

The leader of Colombia's biggest rebel group, an anthropology professor who was the target of a $5m US bounty, was killed in a military strike yesterday.

Alfonso Cano, whose real name was Guillermo Saenz, had led the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, known by its Spanish acronym Farc, since 2008.

Warnings over failure of Syrian plan

The head of the Arab League warned yesterday that the failure of an Arab-brokered plan to end the violence in Syria would have disastrous consequences, as new bloodshed fuelled scepticism that the Syrian regime is serious about halting its crackdown on dissenters.

The deal called for the Syrian state to stop attacking protesters, and held out the offer of an "amnesty".

Sceptical regime opponents who held large protests in Hama on Friday to test the government's word were met with tanks -- that shot and killed more than 15 civilians.

SDLP choose McDonnell as new leader

DOCTOR turned politician Alasdair McDonnell pledged to cure the ailing SDLP as he was elected its new leader.

The South Belfast MP said he would lead the SDLP's political recovery after he was voted by party members to succeed Margaret Ritchie at its annual conference.

Flooding threatens centre of Bangkok

Floodwaters lapped Bangkok's largest outdoor market yesterday as officials warned that there were no major barriers between the water and the heart of the Thai capital, less than 10km away. The country's worst flooding in half a century has killed almost 450 people nationwide.

Coal miners rescued after cave-in

Forty-five grimy, exhausted Chinese coal miners trapped by a cave-in were rescued yesterday, ending a 36-hour ordeal in the world's most dangerous country for the industry. Eight miners were killed in the accident.

Canary Islands homes evacuated

The regional government of Spain's Canary Islands has ordered the evacuation of homes and road closures near the southern tip of El Hierro island after two earth tremors and increased offshore volcanic activity caused a build-up of bad-smelling debris floating on the sea.

Russian treasures on show in Spain

Spain's Prado museum is hosting an exhibition of art lent by Russia's Hermitage, the first ever opportunity to see such work outside the St Petersburg museum.

Among the items on show will be paintings by Picasso, Rembrandt, Caravaggio, Velazquez, Matisse, Cezanne and Kandinsky. They will share space with rare items that once belonged to Russia's czars including Faberge jewels.

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