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Friday 20 April 2018

Wave of seven car bombs tear through Shiite areas of Baghdad

Associated Press

A coordinated wave of seven car bombs tore through bustling commercial streets last night in Shiite areas of Baghdad, part of a relentless wave of violence that killed at least 46 inside and outside the capital.

The car bombs detonated after the meal that breaks the daily fast of the holy month of Ramadan. Although there was no immediate claim of responsibility, coordinated bombings against Shiites are a favourite tactic of al-Qa'ida's Iraq branch.

UKRAINIAN MAN ACCUSED OF MURDER

A UKRAINIAN man detained in the UK last week over the bombing of mosques in England has also been accused of the murder of a 75-year-old Muslim man stabbed to death on his way home from evening prayers three months ago.

The 25-year-old was arrested with another Ukrainian man on Thursday on terrorism charges after explosions at mosques near Birmingham in June and last week.

SYRIAN AIR STRIKES KILL FIVE IN REBEL TOWN

syrian government forces bombed a strategic rebel town in the country's north for the third straight day, pounding it with air strikes that killed at least five people.

President Bashar al-Assad's troops in recent weeks have seized the momentum in the civil war, now in its third year. Regime forces have been on the offensive against rebels on several fronts, including in the northern Idlib province along the border with Turkey.

EGYPTIAN LEADERSHIP NAMES COMMITTEE

EGYPT'S interim president named a committee of legal experts yesterday to propose amendments to the country's Islamist-drafted constitution after a popularly backed military coup ousted the country's first freely elected president.

It is the latest push by the country's new leadership to move ahead with a military-backed timetable for a return to democratic rule despite determined protests by former President Mohammed Morsi's supporters over his ousting.

COURT ACCEPTS CONCORDIA PLEA DEALS

AN ITALIAN court has accepted plea bargains for five Costa Crociere employees over the Costa Concordia shipwreck that killed 32 crew and passengers, convicting all of manslaughter and negligence. The court in Grosseto yesterday handed down the highest sentence to the crisis co-ordinator for Costa Crociere, Roberto Ferranini, who was sentenced to two years and 10 months in jail.

TURKISH POLICE ATTACK WEDDING PARTY

POLICE in Istanbul yesterday fired water cannon and tear gas to disperse a wedding party after barring them from entering a park where the happy couple met during last month's protests. The clash occurred at Gezi Park near Istanbul's Taksim Square. Police then forced demonstrators and wedding guests down side streets, firing tear gas in their wake.

SIX MEN GET LIFE IN JAIL FOR GANG RAPE

An Indian court yesterday sentenced six men convicted of the gang rape of a Swiss woman to life imprisonment.

The 39-year-old Swiss woman was raped while camping with her husband in a forest in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh in mid-March.

"It's a good judgement. It came early," said one lawyer.

DEPARTING BELGIAN KING CALLS FOR UNITY

Belgium's King Albert has used a speech on the eve of his abdication to call for unity in the linguistically divided nation and said it is of "essential importance" to stick together to maintain Belgium's high standard of living.

In yesterday's speech, the 79-year-old monarch lauded compromises that have kept Belgium from succumbing to the forces of separatism, despite an increasing split between the six million Dutch-speaking Flemings in the north and 4.5 million French-speakers in the south.

BODIES OF MIGRANTS FOUND IN BAHAMAS

AUTHORITIES in the Bahamas say they have found the bodies of eight people and a sunken boat near a beach in Grand Bahama island. Police say the victims, including a young boy, were migrants trying to reach the US.

LEGENDARY WHITE HOUSE REPORTER DIES

Helen Thomas, the irrepressible White House correspondent who used her seat in the front row of history to grill nine presidents and was not shy about sharing her opinions, died yesterday. She was 92.

'EASTENDERS' ACTRESS TAKES HER OWN LIFE

Actress Briony McRoberts has died after being hit by a Tube train near her London home, her agent said. McRoberts, 56, who was married to Downton Abbey actor David Robb, appeared in Scottish drama Take The High Road for nine years and also in Taggart and EastEnders.

Irish Independent

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