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  • Boko Haram `kills 9 Chadian troops, one Niger soldier` in ambush

    3 April, 2015 2:48 AM 116

    N`Djamena: Nine Chadian troops and one Niger soldier were killed after being ambushed by Boko Haram fighters in northeastern Nigeria, army spokesmen said Thursday. A Chadian military spokesman said fighting took place on Wednesday about 10 kilometres (six miles) from the town of Malam Fatori, which Niger said was retaken by regional forces fighting the Islamist

  • US to refuel Saudi-led aircraft in Yemen war: Officials

    3 April, 2015 2:48 AM 44

    Washington: The United States will provide aerial refueling for a Saudi-led campaign in Yemen but is not passing on precise information for air raids, a senior military official said Thursday. The US military`s Central Command (CENTCOM) has been given the green light to deploy refueling tankers for the Saudis and their Gulf partners in the operation

  • Big TV debate of British election campaign yields no clear winner

    3 April, 2015 2:48 AM 29

    Salford: The main TV debate of Britain`s national election campaign yielded no clear winner on Thursday with three opinion polls producing four different winners, but David Cameron`s attempt to appear the most statesman-like appeared to have paid off. The event was staged less than six weeks before an unusually close national election on May 7 as polls

  • Three sentenced to death over Gambia coup plot in `secret` trial

    3 April, 2015 2:48 AM 29

    Dakar: Three Gambian soldiers have been sentenced to death for their roles in a failed coup attempt, a leading human rights group said Thursday, condemning their "secret" trial and urging the country not to carry out the executions. Amnesty International called the death sentences, handed down by a military court on Monday, "a cruel violation" of the right

  • US states pass amended religious freedom laws after outcry

    3 April, 2015 2:48 AM 33

    Washington: The US states of Arkansas and Indiana passed amended versions of religious freedom laws on Thursday following a nationwide outcry that the original legislation effectively legalized discrimination against homosexuals. Arkansas`s Republican-dominated legislature passed its "Religious Freedom Restoration Act" but without the clauses which could

  • Explosion near bus station in Gombe, NE Nigeria, kills 5: Witnesses

    3 April, 2015 2:48 AM 11

    Kano: An explosion near a bus station in the northeast Nigerian city of Gombe killed at least five and injured 15 others, witnesses told AFP on Thursday, in an attack that bore the hallmarks of Boko Haram. "We had an explosion outside the motor park (bus station) this evening around 8:30 pm (1930 GMT) which killed five people and injured 15 others

  • China former security chief charged with bribery, abuse of power

    3 April, 2015 2:48 AM 13

    Beijing: China`s former security chief Zhou Yongkang was charged Friday with bribery, abuse of power and disclosing state secrets, authorities said, making him the most senior official prosecuted in decades and setting the stage for a dramatic trial. Zhou is the most prominent victim of President Xi Jinping`s much-publicised anti-corruption drive, which

  • Mexico probes deadly oil rig blast and fire

    3 April, 2015 2:48 AM 11

    Mexico City: Mexican authorities have launched an investigation into what caused an explosion and fire on an oil platform operated by state firm Pemex that killed four workers and injured several others. The attorney general's office said yesterday it opened an inquiry into possible crimes including property damage and homicide. It deployed officials

  • US man exonerated after 30 years on death row

    3 April, 2015 2:48 AM 12

    Washington: A man in Alabama who has been on death row for nearly 30 years for murder and robbery charges will be released after his case was dismissed, lawyers said Thursday. Anthony Ray Hinton will walk free Friday after spending close to three decades in jail over the 1985 murder of two men in two separate restaurant hold-ups. Jefferson County Circuit

  • Four dead as helicopter crashes in Brazil

    3 April, 2015 2:20 AM 3

    Sao Paulo: Four people died when a helicopter they were flying in crashed on Thursday in a residential neighbourhood in Brazil, media reported. The helicopter crashed into a house that was under construction in the Fazendinha-Porto Vitorio residential compound on the outskirts of Carapicuiba town, according to preliminary information provided by the fire department