Monday 18 December 2017

One killed and 600 wounded in demo against Eqypt's new military rulers

At least one person was killed and more then 600 wounded yesterday when Egyptian riot police, firing tear gas and rubber bullets, stormed into Cairo's Tahrir Square to clear a protest camp.

Thousands of Egyptians were rallying there to protest against what they say are attempts by the country's military rulers to reinforce their powers. Demonstrators fought back with stones and set an armoured police vehicle on fire.

The violence took place just nine days before Egypt's first post-Mubarak parliamentary elections. "Violence breeds violence," said Sahar Abdel-Mohsen, an engineer who joined in the protest after a call went out on Twitter urging people to come to Tahrir to defend against the police attacks.

Polish PM wins vote on austerity

Poland's new government led by Prime Minister Donald Tusk won a parliamentary vote of confidence yesterday after he vowed to push through tough reforms to shield the economy from the eurozone crisis.

In the 460-member lower chamber, the Sejm, 234 deputies backed the two-party coalition -- comprising Tusk's centre-right Civic Platform and the small agrarian Peasants' Party -- and 211 voted against.

Ex-Filipino president accused of fraud

Police fingerprinted and photographed former Philippine President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo on her hospital bed yesterday over electoral fraud charges her lawyer says were brought with "indecent haste". Seventeen months after leaving office, Ms Arroyo, 64, became the second ex-Philippine president to face trial. She denies wrongdoing and accuses authorities of preventing her seeking overseas medical treatment for a bone ailment.

Russia pursues US parents over death

Russia will seek tougher punishment for an American couple convicted in the US of the involuntary manslaughter of a seven-year-old boy they adopted from the country, authorities said today. Michael and Nanette Craver of York County in Pennsylvania were sentenced yesterday to the 19 months they have already spent in prison for the 2009 head-injury death of their adopted son Nathaniel, formerly Ivan Skorobogatov. Russia's federal Investigative Committee said in a statement it will seek an international arrest warrant for the Cravers and prove that the murder was brutal and premeditated.

Nurse held in Australian care home fire

POLICE in Australia have arrested a staff nurse in connection with a deadly fire at a care home. Four elderly people were killed and another 14 critically injured when two fires tore through a nursing home in Sydney.

Roger Dean, 35, an employee at the home, was charged yesterday with four counts of murder and is expected to be charged with a fifth, police said. The blazes broke out in separate parts of the complex. A total of 88 patients were evacuated from the single-storey building.

Sunday Independent

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