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January 20, 2015

UN worker kidnapped in CAR by militants

Yaounde, Jan 20 (IANS) A United Nations staffer in the Central African Republic (CAR) was kidnapped near Bangui airport Tuesday by the Anti-Balaka Christian militant group, Xinhua reported citing sources.On Monday, the militants also took two charity workers in the capital Bangui - a 67 year-old French woman and a local. A source said negotiations are on between the government and the anti-Balaka but there has been no headaway so far. Another source said the kidnapping was meant to force the release of an anti-Balaka leader…

IS threatens to kill Japanese hostages, seeks ransom

London, Jan 20 (IANS) The Islamic State (IS) jihadis, in a new video, have demanded a ransom of $200 million for the release of two Japanese hostages, media reported Tuesday.According to a report in The Guardian, the one minute 40 second video took note of the multi-million dollar Middle Eastern aid package announced a few days ago by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. "To the prime minister of Japan, although you are 8,500 km from the Islamic State, you willingly have volunteered to take part in this crusade,"…

Nine killed in Afghan bombing

Kabul, Jan 20 (IANS) Nine civilians were killed and two others were wounded when a bus touched off a roadside bomb in the eastern Ghazni province Tuesday, a provincial official said."Nine innocent civilians, including a woman and a child, were killed and two others wounded after a mini bus they were traveling in touched off an improvised explosive device(IED) in Gilan district around midday," deputy provincial governor Mohammad Ali Ahmadi told Xinhua. The official blamed the Taliban for planting the IED. Some…

Pakistan ex-chief justice sues Imran Khan

Islamabad, Jan 20 (IANS) Former Pakistan chief justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry filed a Pakistani Rs.20 billion ($1.9 million) defamation suit against cricketer-turned- politician Imran Khan Tuesday.In August last year Khan had accused Chaudhry of being involved in rigging the 2013 general election, The News International reported. Chaudhry's legal team Raja Mudassir, Taufiq Asif and Ahsanuddin finalised the draft of the suit, which was filed in a district court here. Last year, Chaudhary had sent a legal notice to Imran…

Guatemalan ex-police chief gets 90-year jail for 37 killings

Guatemala City, Jan 20 (IANS/EFE) A court in Guatemala sentenced a former police chief to 90 years in prison on charges of murdering 37 people in 1980, media reported Tuesday.The court Monday found Pedro Garcia Arredondo guilty of murder, attempted murder and crimes against humanity when he murdered 37 people at the Spanish embassy in Guatemala in 1980. Garcia Arredondo, 69, was responsible for burning the people to death Jan 31, 1980, found the court after four months of hearings. Among those who were burnt to death was…
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