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Blast kills young men at World Cup viewing

Kano – Yesterday’s explosion at a soccer viewing centre in northeastern Nigeria claimed the lives of several men and young boys watching the Brazil-Mexico World Cup match. There are conflicting reports of the number of people affected by the blast. A hospital source said today that 21 people were killed in the explosion and another […]

King abdicates

MADRID – King Juan Carlos of Spain has announced his intention to abdicate, after nearly 40 years on the throne. “A new generation must be at the forefront . . . younger people with new energies,” the 76-year-old king said in a televised address. His son, Crown Prince Felipe, 45, will take over the throne. […]

Jailed for being Happy

TEHRAN – A group of Iranians who were arrested for filming a video tribute to Pharrell Williams’ song Happy have been released on bail, reports from Tehran suggest. One of the fans, fashion photographer Reihane Taravati, posted a photo on Instagram, saying: “Hi, I’m back.” She and her colleagues were arrested yesterday. Police said their […]

Soma folks show ire

ANKARA- Anger has erupted against the Turkish government after a deadly coal mine disaster in the western town of Soma. People in Soma hurled abuse as they surrounded Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s car during his visit to the scene of the tragedy, and protesters clashed with police in Istanbul and Ankara. An explosion yesterday […]

Lawmakers threaten to break ties with Berlusconi

Lawmakers threaten to break ties with Berlusconi

ROME – About 20 Italian centre-right lawmakers may break with leader Silvio Berlusconi if he tries to bring down prime minister Enrico Letta’s coalition in a dispute over Berlusconi’s fraud conviction, a centre-right party source warned today. In a move that may give Letta, from the center-left, a chance to save his government following the […]