Wednesday 23 January 2019

Police bias over North bombing

Police bias led to the IRA being wrongly blamed for a Belfast pub bombing in which 15 people died, the North's Police Ombudsman said today.

More than 16 others were injured in the Ulster Volunteer Force attack at the Catholic McGurk's bar in 1971.

It was initially wrongly viewed by the security forces as an IRA "own goal" -- an accidental explosion -- and police failed to conduct an effective investigation into whether loyalists were responsible, today's 80-page report said.

Vancouver best city to live in

Vancouver topped the list of the world's most liveable cities for the fifth straight year, while Melbourne claimed second place from Vienna, and Australian and Canadian cities dominated the list's top 10 spots.

In the annual survey by the Economist Intelligence Unit, the Canadian west coast city and 2010 Winter Olympics host scored 98pc on a combination of stability, health care, culture and environment, education, and infrastructure -- a score unchanged from last year.

Taximen killed in Acapulco

A spate of bloody attacks on taxis in the Mexican resort city of Acapulco left 12 taxi drivers or passengers dead, hours before the start of the Mexican Open tennis tournament.

But organisers of the largest tennis tournament in Latin America said the Mexican government had assured them that appropriate security measures had been taken for the event that starts today.

Acapulco has been the scene of bloody drug cartel turf wars and taxi drivers have often been targeted for extortion or recruited by the gangs to act as lookouts or to transport drugs.

Seaweed may be malaria cure

A tropical seaweed may provide scientists with a new weapon against malaria, research has shown.

Chemical compounds used by the seaweed to ward off fungal attacks have shown promising activity against the malaria parasite in the laboratory.

Researchers now hope to test the most effective compound in mice. They are also trying to synthesise a more potent artificial version of the chemical.

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