Monday 23 April 2018

Unrest shakes capital

Heavy gunfire has erupted in Central African Republic's anarchic capital Bangui.

Last night's violence marks the latest unrest to shake the lawless country where thousands of French and African peacekeepers have been trying to calm a political crisis that has ignited unprecedented tit-for-tat killings by armed Christian and Muslim movements. Armed members of a Christian militia were spotted moving into the Muslim district of Miskine to attack positions held there by the Muslim fighters. Rwandan peacekeepers soon arrived on the scene and opened fire, sending people in the streets fleeing for cover.

UNIVERSITY SHOOTING

South Carolina State University was in lockdown after a student was injured in a shooting at an on-campus dormitory.

The university, which sent out an alert saying the student was hurt at the Hugine Suites, said police thought they knew who fired the gun and were looking for the suspect. The university has about 3,200 students in Orangeburg.

GLITCH STRIKES GMAIL

Users of Google's email service Gmail were unable to access their accounts last night.

People around the world reported being presented with an error message as they tried to log in to their accounts. The topic was soon trending on Twitter, where users later reported that the service had returned to normal.

BIEBER AIRPORT PROBE

An official says three Florida police officers have been suspended for giving Justin Bieber an unauthorised escort from the airport.

Opa-locka assistant city manager David Chiverton said the officers were suspended with pay pending the outcome of an investigation.

SPAIN TESTS RAIL SAFETY

Spain is to install new safety measures on its high-speed rail system six months after a train crash killed 79 passengers and injured 100 others.

Public Works Minister Ana Pastor said video and audio recordings would be made inside train drivers' cabins and speed controls would be rolled out across Spain's railways. Train drivers will also be forbidden from using mobile phones while driving, she said. The new features will be tested in March.

Irish Independent

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