Monday 19 February 2018

Pirates kidnap 12 sailors off Nigeria in attack after shooting crewman

PIRATES kidnapped 12 foreign sailors off the coast of Nigeria's restive and oil-rich southern delta during an attack that left one crew member injured, a naval spokesman said yesterday.

Commodore David Nabaida said that pirates boarded the German-flagged cargo ship BBC Palonia on Friday night off the coast of the Niger Delta. Pirates shot one crew member in the leg during a fight, Mr Nabaida said. The crew consisted of sailors from Germany, Latvia, Lithuania, Russia and Ukraine.

Petraeus calls for Afghanistan unity

GENERAL David Petraeus, the new commander of US and Nato forces in Afghanistan, called yesterday for unity in the civilian and military effort to turn back the Taliban, saying: "In this important endeavour, cooperation is not optional."

Petraeus spoke at the US embassy in Kabul during a pre-Fourth of July celebration.

Kyrgyzstan's interim leader sworn-in

ROZA Otunbayeva was sworn in as Kyrgyzstan's interim president yesterday after guiding it through three months of revolt, ethnic violence and a referendum intended to build Central Asia's first parliamentary democracy.

A former foreign minister, Ms Otunbayeva, 59, came to power on April 7 during a popular revolt. She will act as president until the end of 2011.

Twelve killed as bus falls off overpass

A BUS fell off an elevated road as it was heading to South Korea's main airport, killing 12 passengers and injuring another 12, police said yesterday.

Police said the bus struck a guardrail as it was trying to avoid a broken-down car and fell about 30 feet from the road near a bridge yesterday afternoon in Incheon.

UK may revamp same-sex ceremonies

BRITAIN'S government is considering letting same-sex couples include religious elements in civil partnership ceremonies.

Equalities Minister Lynne Featherstone says the government would consider allowing homosexual couples to include hymns singing and religious readings in their union ceremonies.

Hundreds protest Spain's abortion law

HUNDREDS of protesters gathered in downtown Madrid calling on the country's highest court to suspend a new law allowing terminations without restrictions in the first 14 weeks of pregnancy on grounds it is unconstitutional.

The law is due to take effect tomorrow but the Constitutional Court has agreed to hear an appeal.

World Cup replica seized in coke bust

CUSTOMS agents in Colombia found a replica of the World Cup trophy made from cocaine during a routine security check by anti-drug agents on Friday in a mail warehouse at Bogota's international airport.

The 36cm-high statue was inside a box headed for Madrid, Spain. The statue was painted gold with green stripes on the base.

Laboratory tests confirmed the cup was made of 11kg of cocaine mixed with acetone to make it moldable.

Naturists in dust-up over roadworks

ENGLAND'S oldest naturist club yesterday vowed it would not close down, despite members having been exposed to months of noise and dust from nearby roadworks.

Fiveacres Country Club near St Albans, Hertfordshire, complained repeatedly about a road-widening scheme on the nearby M25. It was established 83 years ago and has 250 members.

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