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World
    2016-08-17  08:53    Shenzhen Daily

    1. Video shows missing Nigerian girls

    Nigerian militant group Boko Haram has published a video apparently showing recent footage of dozens of school girls kidnapped two years ago, and saying some of them have been killed in airstrikes.

    Boko Haram seized more than 270 girls from their school in Chibok, northeast Nigeria, in April 2014, part of a seven-year-old insurgency* to set up an Islamic state in the north that has killed some 15,000 people and displaced more than 2 million.

    Dozens of the girls managed to flee to safety in the initial melee*, but more than 200 are still missing.

    2. Ecuador to let Sweden question Assange

    Ecuador said on Thursday it’s ready to set a date for Swedish prosecutors to question Julian Assange inside its London Embassy — a potential breakthrough in the years-long international impasse* over the WikiLeaks founder.

    Assange is wanted for questioning by Swedish police over a rape allegation stemming from his visit to the country in 2010. He has not been charged and denies the rape claim and other allegations made against him by two women. In June 2012, he sought shelter in Ecuador’s embassy in the British capital and has been holed up there ever since.

    Ecuador’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement that a date for the questioning in the embassy would be set “in the coming weeks.”

    3. Baghdad hospital fire kills 12 babies

    A fire ripped through a maternity* ward at a Baghdad hospital overnight, killing 12 newborn babies, government officials said on August 10. The deadly blaze was likely caused by faulty electrical wiring.

    By morning, grief-stricken fathers searched for their missing newborns in vain* while angry relatives who gathered outside the Yarmouk hospital in western Baghdad blamed the government for the tragedy.

    The hospital director, Saad Hatem Ahmed, said 29 female patients and eight babies were moved from the ward where the fire broke out and transferred to another hospital.

    4. Wildfire threatens thousands of homes

    A wildfire threatening homes in Southern California’s rugged San Bernardino Mountains grew to over 30 square kilometers on August 9.

    Mandatory* and voluntary evacuations* covered 5,300 homes in the Southern California fire area, said Lyn Sieliet, a U.S. Forest Service spokeswoman. The number of people who left was not known.

    Schools in Hesperia were closed as a precaution.

    5. Thai police find more unexploded bombs

    Thai police over the weekend found and defused* five explosive devices that had failed to detonate* when an as yet unidentified group carried out a series of deadly bomb attacks on popular tourist spots in early August.

    Police said they had arrested one suspect following the bomb and arson* attacks on Thursday and Friday that killed four people and wounded dozens more in some of Thailand’s best-known southern resorts and islands.

    The attacks came just days after Thais voted to accept a military-backed constitution that the ruling junta*, which seized power in 2014, has said will lead to an election by the end of next year.

    No group has claimed responsibility for the attacks.

    (SD-Agencies)

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