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Many feared dead in Nigeria blast

Many feared dead in Nigeria blast

Dozens of people were feared dead following an explosion in north-eastern Nigeria, with Boko Haram militants believed to be behind the attack. The attack took place last night near a primary school where there are also a number of beer halls in the town of Mubi in Adamawa state. It is one of the three […]

Six held over China ‘cult’ killing

Six held over China ‘cult’ killing

Six members of a religious cult have been arrested over the death of a woman at a McDonald’s restaurant in eastern China. The accused, including four members of the same family, allegedly attacked the woman in the city of Zhaoyuan on Wednesday evening after she refused to tell them her phone number. Zhaoyuan police said […]

Strong 6.2-magnitude earthquake strikes off Mexico

Strong 6.2-magnitude earthquake strikes off Mexico

WASHINGTON: A strong 6.2-magnitude undersea earthquake struck off the coast of Mexico today, US seismologists said. The US Geological Survey said the quake occurred around 1153 GMT and was located about 295 kilometres southwest of the coastal resort city of Puerto Vallarta. They had earlier put the quake’s magnitude at 6.6. There were no immediate […]

Drugs, prostitution add 10bn pounds a year to British economy

Drugs, prostitution add 10bn pounds a year to British economy

London: The inclusion of illegal activities such as prostitution and drugs into national accounts would add about 10 billion pounds to national output, Britain’s statistics office said Thursday. In a paper in which it estimated prostitutes’ “sales” and costs incurred — condoms and “working clothes”– the Office of National Statistics (ONS) said the inclusion of […]

Ten Chadians killed in southern Libya

Ten Chadians killed in southern Libya

N’djamena: Ten Chadian nationals have been gunned down in southern Libya by attackers in military uniform, the Chadian foreign ministry said Thursday. “Ten Chadian nationals were shot dead in cold blood in Sbeha by a group of armed men, all of them wearing military uniforms,” the ministry said in a statement. It added that the […]

Japan Oil Tanker Explosion Leaves Four Hurt

Japan Oil Tanker Explosion Leaves Four Hurt

One person is missing and four people have been seriously hurt after an oil tanker exploded off the coast of Japan. The blast and subsequent fire aboard the 998-tonne vessel Shoko-Maru sent towers of billowing acrid smoke into the sky near Himeji port, around 280 miles west of Tokyo. Coastguard ships battled the blaze on […]

Reports: 4 Nigerian girls escape Boko Haram

Reports: 4 Nigerian girls escape Boko Haram

Four of the more than 200 Nigerian schoolgirls abducted last month from a village school by the Boko Haram insurgent group have escaped their captors, according to a local official, Nigerian newspaper reports. Bana Lawan, chairman of the Chibok Local Government Area, said on Wednesday that the four girls escaped their captors on Tuesday, both […]

Report: ‘Pings’ may have never come from Flight 370

Report: ‘Pings’ may have never come from Flight 370

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — A U.S. Navy spokesman on Thursday dismissed as “speculative and premature” an American expert’s reported comments that the acoustic “pings” at the center of the search for the missing Malaysian plane did not come from the jet’s black boxes. CNN reported that the Navy’s civilian deputy director of ocean engineering, Michael […]