Wednesday 16 January 2019

Man accused of abusing twins

An Australian man has been charged with sexually abusing twin girls he fathered several years ago to a Thai surrogate mother.

The man was charged in an Australian court last year with indecent dealings of a sexual nature with the children while they were under 10 years old.

The charges are the latest blow to the credibility to the commercial surrogacy industry in Thailand.

The father has also been charged with possessing child abuse materials which were found at his home.

The man, who denies the allegations, will go to trial later this year.

31 killed in fresh Libya clashes

A Libyan security official said clashes in the eastern city of Benghazi between Islamists and rival fighters loyal to a renegade general have killed 31 on both sides.

The official said that fierce fighting erupted between Gen. Khalifa Hifter's loyalists and a group of Islamist militias called The Benghazi Revolutionary Shura Council. The official said Hifter's side lost 20 fighters while the militiamen had 11 killed.

Airport bomb plot thwarted

Philippine authorities have thwarted a plot to bomb Manila's international airport and a nearby mall owned by Filipino billionaire Henry Sy, arresting three men who planned the attack to protest against China's expansion in the region.

The suspects may be charged with illegal possession of explosives and possible conspiracy to commit terrorism, Justice Secretary Leila de Lima said.

"There's a destabilisation plan against President Benigno Aquino's government," de Lima said.

Chris Brown in new court show

Singer Chris Brown is expected to appear in a Washington DC court for what would be a third attempt at a plea deal to resolve an assault case. Brown is scheduled to appear at 9am local time today.

In January and again in June, Brown rejected plea deals on a misdemeanour assault charge in an October 2013 fight. At the time, Brown was on probation for a 2009 attack on singer Rihanna.

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