Ambush kills 46 cops in Nigeria
Nigerian militants killed 46 police officers during an ambush in the north central state of Nassarawa this week, the police said yesterday.
It was not clear if the militants in Tuesday’s attack were linked to Islamist sect Boko Haram, which has waged an insurgency in northern Nigeria for three years. Boko Haram and other Islamist groups usually operate further north than Nassarawa.
“Forty six police officers were killed about 10 km (6 miles) from Lafia by members of a militia who had ambushed them on their way to an operation to arrest the leader of the militia group,” police spokesman Sergie Ezegam said.
Berlusconi’s conviction upheld
The Hindu Online
Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, who has recently donned the mantle of kingmaker behind the current, fragile Italian government, is in trouble again after a court in the northern city of Milan upheld a conviction for tax fraud.
Berlusconi has been convicted to a year in prison and barred from holding public office and company directorships for five years.
The former Prime Minister and Italy’s richest man has decided to challenge the decision in the appellate court. The trial began seven years ago and examined the selling of broadcast rights from his Mediaset television empire at hugely inflated costs in order to avoid paying taxes.
Libya to reshuffle govt within days
Libyan Prime Minister Ali Zeidan announced on Wednesday a cabinet reshuffle “in the coming days,” against the backdrop of a political crisis sparked by gunmen besieging two ministries.
“There will no doubt be a ministerial reshuffle in the coming days,” he told a press conference, without specifying which portfolios would change.
Zeidan also defended the gunmen as “thowars,” or revolutionaries, who fought to oust Libya’s leader Muammar Gaddafi in 2011, but insisted that the siege of the ministries must be lifted soon.
Hillary praises China president
Afp, Los Angeles
Former US secretary of state Hillary Clinton hailed China’s President Xi Jinping on Wednesday as “pragmatic,” saying he was more of a politician than his predecessor.
In an address to a think tank in Los Angeles she said Xi, who took office last November, should ensure that there is “no daylight” between the ruling Communist Party and China’s vast military.
“The new president appears to be a pragmatic leader,” she told the Pacific Council of International Policy, which focuses on issues with particular impact on the US West Coast, at a dinner event in Beverly Hills.