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Monday 11 December 2017

Gunmen kill five in Nigeria

Gunmen have killed five people in Nigeria, including a policeman, on the edge of the town of Maiduguri, a long-time stronghold of Islamist sect Boko Haram, the military said.

Boko Haram, which is loosely based on the Afghan Taliban, has killed hundreds this year in a campaign to impose sharia, Islamic law, in Nigeria, a country of more than 160 million split roughly equally between Christians and Muslims.

The sect is the biggest threat to stability in Africa's biggest oil exporter.



Security fear for US diplomats

Security concerns deepened in the capital of Central African Republic after the US ambassador and other diplomats were evacuated by plane overnight amid fears rebels could try to take the capital.

US officials said about 40 people were evacuated on an US Air Force plane bound for Kenya.

The evacuation came after President Francois Bozize urgently called on former colonial ruler France and other foreign powers to help his government fend off rebels who are quickly seizing territory and approaching the capital.



Man drove onto AA chief's lawn

A US man faces a drink-drive charge after driving on to the lawn of a historic home in Vermont once owned by the co-founder of Alcoholics Anonymous.

Police said 55-year-old Donald Blood III thought he was driving into a car park but actually it was the lawn of the Wilson House in Dorset, built in 1852, the birthplace of AA co-founder Bill Wilson.



Three arrested over pig's head

Three people have been arrested after a pig's head was left outside a community centre being used as a Muslim place of worship.

Leicestershire Police said two men, aged 37 and 46, and a woman (40) were taken into custody yesterday in connection with the incident.

The pig's head was discovered at about 7.30am on St Stephen's Day by members of a Muslim group arriving at a community centre in the Thurnby Lodge area of Leicester. Officers are treating the incident as a religiously motivated offence.

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