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Son-in-law charged with contract killing of Monaco heiress MARSEILLE: The son-in-law of a Monaco heiress gunned down in a Mafia-style killing has been charged with her murder and paid hitmen for the brazen attack that has shaken the principality's super-rich.Wojciech Janowski, a 64-year-old who served as Poland's honorary consul in Monaco, was charged for last month's killing of 77-year-old Helene Pastor, Marseille prosecutor Brice Robin told a news conference.Robin said Janowski had spent 200,000 euros ($272,000) in cash and 50,000 euros worth of presents to stage the contract killing.Robin said Janowski's motive was to "lay his hands on the heritage" of his partner Sylvia Pastor, Helene Pastor's eldest daughter. He said Sylvia Pastor felt "betrayed" by the affair."She is in a very difficult psychological state," Robin said, adding that Janowski's personal trainer had "organised" the killing.Poland announced on Friday that Janowski had been stripped of his title of honorary consul "because of the loss of the irreproachable reputation ...

Mandela's widow to resume public life after mourning 'best friend' JOHANNESBURG: Nelson Mandela's widow, Graca Machel, on Friday announced she will resume her public life after completing a six-month mourning period for her "best friend."Speaking for the first time about her loss, she said in a statement that the anti-apartheid icon's death on December 5 left her without her "best friend, beloved husband and guide."The Mandela family last week performed a traditional cleansing ceremony to end the six-month mourning period at the family home in ...
Al Shabaab insurgents attack hotel in central Somalia MOGADISHU: Explosions and gunfire were heard on Thursday at a hotel in central Somalia used by Somali soldiers and Djiboutian peacekeepers working for the African Union (AMISOM), residents said.Militant group Al Shabaab said it was behind the attack.Shopkeeper Farah Noor told Reuters from the town of Bulobarde that al Shabaab fighters had hurled several grenades at the gate of the hotel then gone inside and started shooting."We don't know of any casualties. The place is ...
Bomb blast in Nigeria capital kills 21, wounds 17 ABUJA: A bomb exploded in a crowded shopping centre in Nigeria's capital Abuja on Wednesday, killing at least 21 people in a city already gripped by fear after a series of deadly attacks by Boko Haram Islamists, police and the government said.The blast shook the Emab Plaza at 4:00 pm (1500 GMT), the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) said, as shoppers were buying groceries ahead of the country's World Cup match against Argentina, which kicked-off ...
Voting under way in Libya general election TRIPOLI: Polling was under way across Libya on Wednesday in a general election seen as crucial for the future of a country hit by months of political chaos and growing unrest.Polling stations opened at 0600 GMT, with 1.5 million registered voters choosing from among the 1,628 candidates contesting the 200 seats in the General National Congress, or parliament.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2014 ...
South Africa miners return to work as 5-month platinum strike ends MARIKANA: Thousands of South African mine workers returned to the Marikana operations of platinum producer Lonmin on Wednesday after wage deals were signed on Tuesday to end a five-month strike, the longest and most damaging in the country's history. The workers, some wrapped in blankets to ward off the chill of the winter morning, lined up outside the gates of Marikana's process division. They are to undergo medical and other checks before they descend the ...
Sisi to visit Algiers on Wednesday ALGIERS: Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi will travel to Algiers on Wednesday for his first trip abroad since being elected in May, the office of his Algerian counterpart Abdelaziz Bouteflika announced.Algeria called for a "peaceful transition" in Egypt after Islamist president Mohamed Morsi was ousted by the then army chief in July last year.Sisi won a crushing majority in May's presidential poll, a month after Bouteflika was overwhelmingly re-elected for a fourth term in office, ...


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