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Nigerian mosque bombing death toll rises to 50

Police in northern Nigeria say the death toll has risen to 50 in a suicide bombing at a mosque during yesterday morning prayers. Police spokesman Othman Abubakar said they are still to ascertain the number of the injured because they are in various hospitals. Police say the teenage bomber detonated early yesterday in Adamawa state as people were arriving for prayers. While there is no immediate claim of responsibility, suspicion immediately fell on the Boko Haram extremist group. -Premium...

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Mafia ‘boss of bosses’ dies in jail

Reports say notorious Sicilian Mafia “boss of all bosses” Salvatore “Toto” Riina has died from cancer in jail. He was 87. Riina was serving 26 life sentences and is believed to have ordered more than 150 murders. The head of the feared Cosa Nostra spent nearly a quarter of a century on the run before being jailed in 1993. He ordered more murders from jail. Besides kidney cancer, he was believed to have been suffering from a heart condition and Parkinson’s disease. Riina had been in a medically induced coma and his family had been given special permission to...

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Earthquake kills 129 between Iran and Iraq

More than 100 people have been killed in a strong 7.3-magnitude earthquake that has rattled the northern border region between Iran and Iraq. Officials say at least 129 people have died in western Iran’s Kermanshah province. Four more have been reported dead in Iraq. The death toll is likely to rise. The earthquake sparked panic, with residents fleeing their homes for the streets. Mosques in the Iraqi capital Baghdad have been saying prayers through loudspeakers. Iran’s emergency services chief, Pir Hossein Koolivand said many of the victims were in the town of Sarpol-e Zahab, about 15 kilometres from the border, adding that rescue teams were being hampered by landslides. –...

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Obama reports for jury duty in Chicago

Former US president Barack Obama yesterday turned up for jury duty at a Chicago courthouse, but was dismissed by the judge without being called on to serve. Crowds thronged the Daley Center Municipal Building to catch a glimpse of the 44th US president, who has a home in the Illinois city. Mr Obama left his home in the morning and left at around midday. Each potential juror receives a US$17.20 cheque from the county. Mr Obama had previously been summoned in 2010, during his first four-year term as US president, but he managed to get a postponement from the...

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Terror suspect gets 27 years jail term

A judge has imposed a 27-year prison term for a man accused of supporting terrorism and trying to arrange the killing of the Ohio federal judge who originally oversaw his case. The sentence handed yesterday by judge Edmund Sargus for defendant Yahya Farooq Mohammad also requires the Indian citizen to be deported at the end of his sentence and to pay a US$25 000 fine. Mohammad is one of four men with Ohio ties who were accused in 2015 of working to send money to Anwar al-Awlaki, an Al-Qaeda leader killed by a US drone in 2011. Mohammad’s attorney...

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