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Melbourne plane crash: Five killed as aircraft hits shopping centre

Melbourne plane crash: Five killed as aircraft hits shopping centre

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Five people have died after a light plane crashed into a shopping centre in Melbourne, Australia. The charter flight appeared to have had a “catastrophic engine failure” shortly after taking off from the small Essendon Airport, said Victoria Police Assistant Commissioner Stephen Leane. Everyone on board is believed dead. “At this stage the advice we have is there are no fatalities other than on the aircraft itself,” the commissioner said. The shopping centre was not open to the public at the time. “Looking at the fireball, it is incredibly lucky that no-one was at the back of those stores or in the car park of the stores, that no-one was even hurt,” he added. Local media reported US nationals were among those on the plane, which was bound for Tasmania’s King Island. “Today is a
If Mugabe dies, we will still field him as a candidate-Wife says

If Mugabe dies, we will still field him as a candidate-Wife says

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The wife of Zimbabwe’s president, Grace Mugabe, is courting controversy after she said that her husband, Robert Mugabe is so much loved by people to an extent that even if he dies, he will still be field as a valid candidate in a presidential election. “If Mugabe dies, we will field his corpse as a candidate for elections to prove that people love him,” she told thousands of supporters at a rally in Buhera, Eastern Zimbabwe. “You will see people voting for Mugabe as a corpse. I am seriously telling you just to show people how people love their president,” she added. She said this during a rally by the ZANU-PF and further accused some members of the party for plotting to take over from President Mugabe. Grace Mugabe further echoed her husbands role during the guerrilla war a
Turkey: Hundreds detained over alleged links to PKK

Turkey: Hundreds detained over alleged links to PKK

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Turkish police have detained more than 800 people over alleged links to Kurdish fighters in nationwide operations, according to state media. Police conducted simultaneous raids in 37 different provinces and taken 834 people into custody, state-run Anadolu Agency quoted police forces as saying on Tuesday. Anadolu said authorities received intelligence that the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) would escalate attacks after February 15, the day marking the 1999 capture of imprisoned PKK leader, Abdullah Ocalan. Along with the suspects, two Kalashnikovs, 11 guns, 15 rifles and ammunition were seized, police said. The operations come as Turks prepare to vote on April 16 on replacing the parliamentary system with the stronger presidency sought by President Tayyip Erdogan. Th...
Statement by Kofi Annan on the situation in Ivory Coast

Statement by Kofi Annan on the situation in Ivory Coast

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I am deeply concerned by the military mutinies that have beset Côte d’Ivoire in recent weeks. They are a setback not only for the country’s economic development and reputation, but  also for Africa’s democratic progress. Resorting to arms and holding the country to ransom is not an acceptable way to seek redress for soldiers’ grievances. The armed forces must act within the law and express their demands peacefully through the military hierarchy, not through the barrel of a gun or through intimidation of the civilian population. Most importantly, such acts are out of step with Africa’s long struggle to achieve democratic and accountable government. We, as Africans, must ensure that our countries’ destinies are determined by democratically-elected leaders reflecting the will
ICRC: Six Red Cross aid workers killed in Afghanistan

ICRC: Six Red Cross aid workers killed in Afghanistan

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Suspected ISIL fighters killed at least six Afghan employees of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) who were carrying supplies to areas hit by deadly snow storms, according to government officials. Another two employees were unaccounted for after Wednesday's attack in the northern Jowzjan province, said ICRC spokesperson  Thomas Glass, adding that the group did not know who was responsible for the attack. "Devastated by this news out of #Afghanistan," Peter Maurer, ICRC president,  said on Twitter. "My deepest condolences to the families of those killed - and those still unaccounted for." ICRC put its activities in the country on hold following the attack, the group's global operations head Dominik Stillhart said, "because we need to understand what exactly hap
More than 1,250 Catholic priests accused of child sex abuse in Australia

More than 1,250 Catholic priests accused of child sex abuse in Australia

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About seven percent of Catholic priests in Australia were accused of sexually abusing children between 1950 and 2010, but few allegations were investigated, an inquiry in Sydney has heard. The scathing figures, released as hearings began on Monday over the allegations dating back decades, were compiled with the cooperation of the church as part of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. The commission, Australia's highest level of inquiry, reported 4,444 alleged incidents of sexual abuse by Catholic priests between 1980 and 2015. The inquiry also heard that 1,265 priests and religious brothers and nuns had been accused during a 60-year period ending 2010. "These numbers are shocking. They are tragic and they are indefensible," Franklin Sullivan,
Trump travel ban: Seattle judge issues nationwide block

Trump travel ban: Seattle judge issues nationwide block

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  A US judge in Seattle has issued a temporary nationwide block on President Donald Trump's ban on travellers from seven mainly Muslim nations. District Judge James Robart ruled against government lawyers' claims that US states did not have the standing to challenge Mr Trump's executive order. Last week's move by Mr Trump triggered mass protests and has resulted in confusion at US airports. The State Department says 60,000 visas have since been revoked. Mr Trump's executive order brought in a suspension of the US Refugee Admissions Programme for 120 days. There is also an indefinite ban on Syrian refugees. Anyone arriving from Iraq, Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, and Yemen faces a 90-day visa suspension. The lawsuit against President Trump's ban was initi...
Trump fires acting attorney general for ‘betrayal’

Trump fires acting attorney general for ‘betrayal’

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President Donald Trump begins his 11th day in office shrouded in crisis, roundly criticized for a chaotic unveiling of immigration measures and under new scrutiny after he fired the nation's top law enforcement officer who refused to enforce them. On an extraordinary night of political drama Monday, the President dismissed acting attorney general Sally Yates by letter after she instructed the Justice Department not to defend Trump's immigration order, which bans travelers from seven Muslim-majority nations and temporarily halts refugee arrivals. Who is Sally Yates? Yates was a remnant of the Obama administration, only in office until the Senate confirms Jeff Sessions as the next attorney general. But her dismissal reflected the sudden political forces unleashed in Washington i...