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Wednesday 7 December 2016

Official's son in campus attack

The son of a Kenyan government official was one of the masked gunmen who killed nearly 150 people at a university last week, the interior ministry said yesterday, as Kenyan churches hired armed guards to protect their Easter congregations.

Pope Francis decried last Thursday's attack in his Easter Sunday service, praying for those killed by Islamist gunmen who hunted down Christians while sparing Muslims. The Interior Ministry spokesman said Abdirahim Abdullahi was one of four gunmen who stormed the college campus in Garissa, 200km from the Somali border. His father is a government official in the northern Mandera county bordering Somalia.

Strike silences French radio

France's most respected radio shows are broadcasting "oldies" instead of the news.

For two weeks, technicians, ancillary staff and a few journalists at Radio France - the equivalent of RTE Radio One - have been on strike against spending cuts. After a break-down of negotiations over the weekend, there will be at least another week without normal programming.

Taxi drivers took poison

A GROUP of taxi drivers in China were found unconscious and frothing at the mouth outside a shopping centre after they tried to poison themselves as part of an anti-government protest.

More than 30 drivers apparently drank chemicals as part of the protest at the Wangfujing shopping centre in Beijing, with at least 10 seriously affected, according to witnesses. They were all taken to hospital and were described as "out of danger" yesterday. The drivers travelled to Beijing to petition against a four-year-old reform affecting taxi company leasing renewals.

Easter bunny visits village

Residents of a small village awoke to find a mysterious benefactor had left an Easter egg on the doorstep of every house.

Villagers have spoken of their love for Alderholt in Dorset, England, after the generous gesture. The village has a population of 3,113 people.

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