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At least one dead in blast near mosque in Russian Caucasus MOSCOW: At least one person was killed early on Friday when a bomb exploded outside a village mosque in the Russian Caucasus region of Kabardino-Balkaria, the regional interior ministry said."Today at 3:20 am in the yard of the mosque in the village of Dugulubgei... an IED exploded and human remains were found. The force of the blast blew out windows in nearby houses," the interior ministry said in a statement."The exact number of victims is being established," an interior ministry spokeswoman told AFP.A law enforcement source told the Interfax news agency that body parts of two men were found and suggested that the men blew themselves up accidentally while planting the explosive device. The blast occurred close to the town of Baksan, where militants set off explosions at the hydroelectric power station in 2010, killing two guards.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2013 ...

Man with knife arrested trying to enter Buckingham Palace LONDON: British police on Monday charged a man who is suspected of attempting to enter Buckingham Palace, the official London residence of Queen Elizabeth II, while carrying a knife.The queen was not at the palace at the time.Scotland Yard said David Belmar, 44, from north London, will appear in custody at West London Magistrates' Court on Tuesday.The force earlier said the arrested man had "attempted to enter Buckingham Palace via the north centre gate but ...
One in 2,000 in UK carries mad cow disease protein PARIS: Around one person in 2,000 in Britain carries the protein linked to the human version of mad cow disease, a figure higher than previous estimates, a study said on Tuesday.But how many people will actually develop the crippling and ultimately fatal disease is unknown, its authors say.They also warn Britain to fight the risk of wider contamination through blood transfusions and surgical instruments.The study, published online by the British Medical Journal (BMJ), is the ...
Italy deploys drones, warships after refugee tragedies ROME: Italy on Monday said it was deploying drones and warships in a large-scale high seas patrol mission to scare people smugglers amid a growing influx of asylum seekers crossing the Mediterranean."We have given the go-ahead to Operation Mare Nostrum (Our Sea)," Interior Minister Angelino Alfano said after a government meeting, following two refugee shipwreck disasters this month.Defence Minister Mario Mauro said there would now be five warships on Italy's southern maritime border, including one ...
Russia opens case against potash boss, seeks extradition MOSCOW: Russia has opened a criminal investigation into the chief executive of potash producer Uralkali, Vladislav Baumgertner, and will request his extradition from Belarus, federal investigators said on Monday.The step by Russian authorities opened the door for a face-saving resolution of a tense situation in which the head of the world's biggest producer of the fertiliser component is under house arrest in Moscow's neighbour and close ally.Belarus detained Baumgertner, 41, at Minsk airport in late ...
Hundreds held after Moscow rocked by race rioting MOSCOW: Moscow police were on Monday holding almost 400 people under arrest after the Russian capital was rocked by some of its worst ethnically-fuelled rioting in years, sparked by the killing of an ethnic Russian allegedly by a Muslim migrant from the Caucasus.An initially peaceful protest in the Biryulyovo district of Moscow to protest the killing of Yegor Shcherbakov, 25, rapidly descended into bloody clashes with the police that left the glass doors of a ...
Conflicts, energy top agenda as Hollande visits South Africa PARIS: French leader Francois Hollande arrived in South Africa Monday for a two-day state visit in which he is set to push for greater cooperation on African crises with the continental powerhouse.Economic ties will also dominate talks between Hollande and his South African counterpart Jacob Zuma on Monday, with the two nations due to sign accords including one on developing South Africa's nuclear power. France will also grant energy-strapped South Africa's power giant Eskom a ...


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