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World in Brief: 16/06/2014

A 7-year-old Palestine dies after being wounded in an Israeli airstrike; Egyptian prosecutor refers 13 for trial for attempted rape at Tahrir Square rally; Ruling party election candidate shot dead in Kosovo

PALESTINE: A seven-year-old boy wounded in an Israeli air raid on the northern Gaza Strip died on Saturday, a spokesman for the Palestinian health services said.

Ali al-Awour was wounded in Wednesday’s strike targeting his uncle, who was killed.

The Israeli military said on Wednesday it had targeted “terrorists affiliated to the international jihad.”


EGYPT: Rights group head Gamal Eid said yesterday that security forces had confiscated a publication by his group, accusing it of seeking to overthrow the government.

The Arab Network for Human Rights Information head said 1,000 copies of his centre’s digest Wasla, or Link, were seized at the print shop and a worker on the press arrested.

Security officials told lawyers the publication was part of a plan to “overthrow the regime.” Mr Eid called the accusations “ludicrous.”


YEMEN: A gunman opened fire on a bus in Aden yesterday, killing eight people, including two women, and wounding a dozen others.

The bus was carrying 20 nurses, pharmacists, cleaners and other staff working in the military hospital in Aden.

Five of the wounded were in serious condition, hospital officials said.


EGYPT: The country’s top prosecutor yesterday referred 13 men to trial for attempted rape and assault of women during public rallies in Cairo’s Tahrir Square.

The speedy trial reflects a government push to address the issue, less than a week after the swearing-in of newly elected President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi.

President Sissi had visited one of the survivors of the violence and promised to take tough actions against the attackers.


SPAIN: About 1,000 sub-Saharan migrants tried to storm the three-tier barbed-wire border fence separating the Spanish North African enclave of Melilla from Morocco on Saturday.

But fewer than 10 managed to overcome the first barrier in their charge. They were taken away by Moroccan police.

Spain’s border guards detected the charge in an area known as Villa Pilar and deployed a helicopter to oversee operations.


KOSOVO: Police say a parliamentary candidate from Prime Minister Hashim Thaci’s ruling party was shot dead as he walked out of a restaurant.

Police said yesterday that Elvis Pista — a flamboyant politician recognisable by his spiked hair — was shot four times at close range shortly after midnight in the western town of Orahovac.


SPAIN: Police have arrested Maria Osorio Lopez, who was on the run following her conviction for belonging to a violent separatist group.

Ms Lopez had been sentenced to seven years in jail for belonging to the banned Galician Resistance and falsifying documents for terrorist purposes. The group seeks independence for the north-western Galicia region.

Spain has separatist groups in Galicia, eastern Catalonia, and the northeastern Basque region.


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