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World in brief: April 15, 2019

SYRIA: Jihadists killed at least 20 people in a missile attack on the northern city of Aleppo yesterday, injuring many more and causing significant damage to buildings.

Local sources said militants from the Nusra Front detonated an explosive device in the Sukkari district before launching rocket attacks from the outskirts of the city.

They were responding to Russian air strikes which targeted the jihadists’ supply route along the Aleppo-Idlib highway.

GREECE: A woman drowned after falling from a boat crossing from Turkey to the Greek island of Samos yesterday, coastguards said.

She was part of a group of 51 refugees making their way to the island but she fell overboard before their boat landed on the rocky coastline near to the port of Karlovassi.

A Greek patrol vessel rescued 41 people whose boat ran into trouble off the same island as a total of 92 refugees made it to Samos.

ECUADOR: Swedish programmer Ola Bini, who was arrested in Ecuador on Thursday, is a supporter of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, lawyers announced on Saturday.

He was detained over allegations he was plotting to blackmail President Lenin Moreno for “abandoning” Mr Assange, who faces extradition from Britain to the US over hacking and national security issues.

Mr Bini was arrested hours after Mr Assange was detained at the Ecuador’s embassy in London. Supporters claim he is being targeted for his activism on issues of digital privacy.

IRELAND: Lighthouse enthusiast Princess Anne was shown around some of Ireland’s oldest beacons on Saturday during a visit to the capital Dublin.

The royal, who is patron of the Northern Lighthouse Board, was there as part of the 150-year relationship between Irish Lights and the Lighthouse Authorities of Great Britain and Ireland.

Irish Lights chief executive Yvonne Shields O’Connor said it was a “great privilege” to host her and showcase lighthouses at Bailym Skerries and the Kish lighthouse in Dublin Bay.

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