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World
    2014-05-28  08:53    Shenzhen Daily

    1. Blasts kill at least 118 in Nigeria

    Back-to-back* bomb blasts killed at least 118 people and wounded 45 in the crowded business district of the central Nigerian city of Jos on May 20.

    There was no immediate claim of responsibility. But the militant group Boko Haram, which has set off bombs across the north and center of Nigeria in an increasingly bloody campaign for an Islamic state, is likely to be the prime suspect.

    Boko Haram grabbed world headlines by abducting more than 200 schoolgirls from the northeastern village of Chibok on April 14.

    2. Court sentences Mubarak to 3 years in jail

    An Egyptian court on May 20 sentenced ousted* President Hosni Mubarak to three years in prison on charges of stealing public funds.

    The court fined Mubarak and his sons 21.197 million Egyptian pounds (US$2.98 million) and ordered them to repay about 125 million Egyptian pounds of funds the court said they had stolen.

    3. Tax incentives for violence-hit enterprises

    Vietnam will give enterprises that were hit by last week’s violence a grace period of up to two years for tax payment, Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung has said.

    The Vietnamese Government’s e-Portal on May 20 quoted Dung as saying that the measures are to support enterprises in overcoming damages caused by illegal activities.

    Meanwhile, the ministry of finance instructed insurance companies to promptly determine losses for compensation under simple and shortened procedures.

    Vietnam Customs is also reportedly to exempt, reduce and refund import and export taxes to damaged goods.

    4. U.S. sanctions 12 Russians

    The United States on May 20 sanctioned 12 Russians for human rights abuses.

    The U.S. Treasury Department, which announced the action, did not link it with the confrontation between Washington and Moscow over the Ukraine crisis.

    The treasury said in a statement that the sanctions would freeze any U.S. assets held by the 12 individuals and bar Americans from doing business with them.

    5. Twitter user leaving money all over SF

    An anonymous benefactor* has been leaving cash hidden all over San Francisco — and inviting strangers to find it via a series of clues.

    Using the Twitter handle @HiddenCash, the unnamed individual has left money under chairs and benches in public parks, on stairways and even a bathroom.

    The user, who calls the program “an anonymous social experiment for good,” leaves hints by sharing a photo of the drop-off spot, as well as written clue.

    6. N. Korea fires at S. Korean navy ship

    North Korean artillery* fired at least one shot that landed near a South Korean navy patrol ship south of the two sides’ disputed maritime border on May 22, but it did not hit the vessel, a military official in Seoul said.

    The official added that South Korean artillery fired at a North Korean naval vessel in response.

    Residents of the Yeonpyeong island, which lies just south of the disputed sea border, were evacuated to bomb shelters.

    There was no further firing from the North following the incident soon after 6 p.m. local time, the official said.

    7. Thailand’s military coup

    Thailand’s army chief announced a military takeover* of the government on May 22, saying the coup* was necessary to restore stability.

    Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha said in a statement broadcast on national television that the commission which imposed martial law* on May 20 would now take control of the country’s administration.

    “It is necessary for the Peace and Order Maintaining Command — which includes army, navy, armed forces and police — to take control of governing the country,” Prayuth said.(SD-Agencies)

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