German police arrest 15-year-old for killing classmate

Berlin, Germany | AFP | German police have arrested a 15-year-old schoolboy suspected of killing a classmate on Tuesday by stabbing him in the neck, authorities and media reports said. Media reports said the teenager did not resist when police tracked him down through a helicopter search and arrested him. Prosecutors said preliminary investigations suggest …

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Jamaica declares emergency over parts of island as gun crime soars

Montego Bay, Jamaica | AFP | Jamaica has declared a state of emergency in the island’s second city Montego Bay, where authorities are battling to stem a wave of killings. Tourists have been urged to remain in their resorts following the declaration by Prime Minister Andrew Holness on Thursday, resulting in the deployment of thousands …

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Red Pepper offices to remain closed for another month

Kampala, Uganda | GODFREY SSALI | Buganda Road Court has given the state handling the offensive communication case against eight Red Pepper Publication journalists a month to complete investigations on the seized electronics and accessories of the Red Pepper. This follows an exparte application granted by Chief Magistrate James Eremye Mawanda on December 28, 2017, …

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Journalists protest Philippine move to close news website

Manila, Philippines | AFP | Philippine journalists took to the streets Friday in support of a news website facing state-enforced closure, accusing President Rodrigo Duterte of trampling on press freedom. The government withdrew the corporate registration of the Rappler website this week and has summoned its chief executive to answer a “cyber-libel” complaint in what …

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Journalists protest Philippine move to close news website

Manila, Philippines | AFP | Philippine journalists took to the streets Friday in support of a news website facing state-enforced closure, accusing President Rodrigo Duterte of trampling on press freedom. The government withdrew the corporate registration of the Rappler website this week and has summoned its chief executive to answer a “cyber-libel” complaint in what …

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Siberian teen wounds six in school axe attack

Moscow, Russia | AFP | A teenage boy injured six people, five of them minors, in an axe attack in a Siberian classroom on Friday, local authorities said, days after 15 were injured in a knife fight at another Russian school. Investigators said the boy, thought to be 15 or 16, carried out the attack …

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Facebook top choice for Philippines wildlife traders: monitor

Manila, Philippines | AFP | Facebook has emerged as the top site for wildlife trafficking in the Philippines, a watchdog said Friday, with thousands of endangered crocodiles, snakes and turtles illegally traded in just three months. Monitoring network TRAFFIC said Facebook had not done enough to shut down the trade, which saw more than 5,000 …

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Torture probe launched after 13 siblings held captive in US home

Perris, United States | AFP | Investigators sought to shed light Tuesday on how a California couple arrested on suspicion of torture were able to keep their 13 malnourished children — ages 2 to 29 – confined in their suburban home in grim conditions with no one noticing. Sheriff’s deputies found some of the children …

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Danish DIY submarine maker charged with journalist Kim Wall’s murder

Stockholm, Sweden | AFP | Danish prosecutors on Tuesday formally charged inventor Peter Madsen with last year’s murder of Swedish journalist Kim Wall, whose dismembered body parts were found at sea after she interviewed him on his homemade submarine. Madsen, who was arrested and detained shortly after Wall’s disappearance in August, has admitted cutting up …

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Danish DIY submarine maker charged with journalist Kim Wall’s murder

Stockholm, Sweden | AFP | Danish prosecutors on Tuesday formally charged inventor Peter Madsen with last year’s murder of Swedish journalist Kim Wall, whose dismembered body parts were found at sea after she interviewed him on his homemade submarine. Madsen, who was arrested and detained shortly after Wall’s disappearance in August, has admitted cutting up …

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Kifeesi leader arrested and sent to Nalufenya

By Robert Segawa The most wanted Kifeesi boss Paddy Sserunjogi a.k.a Sobi has been transferred to Nalufenya from Nsangi police station where he was arrested from. Sobi has been arrested along side with two others namely, Shafiq Kasozi and Twaha Otim during interview with some journalists at Rose garden hotel in Nsangi. The self confessed […]

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Churches in Chile firebombed ahead of pope visit

Santiago, Chile | AFP | Three Catholic churches were firebombed in the Chilean capital Santiago on Friday, days before the start of a visit to the country by Pope Francis. President Michelle Bachelet condemned the incidents, which happened during the night and caused minor damage. “It’s very strange, because it’s not something you can identify …

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US judge postpones ‘El Chapo’ trial until September

New York, United States | AFP | A US judge on Wednesday postponed until September the trial in New York of notorious Mexican drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman. The 60-year-old kingpin, accused of running one of the world’s biggest drug empires and who twice escaped prison in Mexico, was originally expected to go on …

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Drugs, booze and violence in Brazil prisons revealed in cell videos

Brasília, Brazil | AFP | Inmates lining up to snort cocaine, booze-fueled parties, and brazen escapes: these unfiltered images from inside Brazil’s prisons are offering outsiders a graphic picture of the anarchic conditions in one of the world’s most populous penitentiary systems. Surviving Brazil’s prisons is certainly not a given. Nine inmates were murdered — some …

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