Tuesday 20 March 2018

Refugees shelled

THOUSANDS of residents of a Palestinian refugee camp in the Syrian capital Damascus fled yesterday amid shelling by government forces and clashes between Islamic State fighters and Palestinian militants.

Al-Dimashqi and Syrian state TV said as many as 2,000 people have left the camp. Many of those who fled the camp are now staying in schools or abandoned homes.

Islamic State militants stormed the camp on Wednesday, marking the extremist group's deepest foray yet into the capital.

Eggs for whole village

Residents of a small village awoke to find a mysterious benefactor had left an Easter egg on the doorstep of every house.

Villagers have spoken of their love for Alderholt in Dorset, near the New Forest, after the generous gesture.

The village has a population of 3,113 people, has three churches, a convenience store, a part-time GP's surgery and a pub.

Taximen drink poison

A GROUP of taxi drivers in China were found unconscious and frothing at the mouth outside a shopping centre after they tried to poison themselves as part of an anti-government protest.

Photographs on social media showed stunned crowds staring at the collapsed drivers from behind police cordons.

The drivers travelled to Beijing to petition against a four-year-old reform affecting taxi company leasing renewals.

1,500 rescued

Italian navy and coast guard ships rescued around 1,500 migrants aboard five boats in the southern Mediterranean in less than 24 hours.

All of the migrants were rescued at the weekend by two coast guard ships and one navy ship in five separate operations.

Three of the migrants' boats were in difficulty and sent rescue requests via satellite phones while they were off the coast of Libya.

Storm kills 24

A severe storm sweeping across Bangladesh killed at least 24 people and injured dozens more, mostly in Bogra district in the northern part of the country.

Women and children were among the dead, who included some victims in the capital Dhaka.

Irish Independent

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