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NIGERIA

Suicide bombing kills 19

A vehicle exploded at a military post in a commercial area of the northeastern city of Maiduguri on Tuesday, killing at least 19 people and causing pandemonium, with blood-spattered bystanders running away and vehicles colliding as drivers fled. Police said a suicide bomber was suspected in 1:30pm blast. Soldiers started firing automatic rifles in the air after the explosion sent a dense column of dark smoke into the air. Maiduguri is the birthplace of Boko Haram, an Islamic extremist network that has been active in the northeast of the country.

PHILIPPINES

Navy wants more US ships

Manila wants to acquire two more navy ships from the US to boost its maritime protection amid threats from China, armed forces chief of staff General Emmanuel Bautista said yesterday. The new acquisitions would come under the fresh US military assistance announced by US Secretary of State John Kerry when he visited the country last month. “Within the last year, we realized that there is a real threat out there in terms of securing, defending our territory,” Bautista told ANC television. He said that ideally the country needed about six more frigates to guard its long coastline effectively.

INDIA

Danish woman gang raped

A Danish tourist was gang raped in New Dehli after getting lost and asking a group of men for directions, police and reports said yesterday. The 51-year-old woman was attacked late on Tuesday at knife-point by the group of more than six men after losing her way to her hotel in a popular backpacker area, local media reports said.

“The concerned police team has identified suspects and is interrogating them. The investigation is on,” Delhi police spokesman Rajan Bhagat said yesterday. The woman her friend about the attack when she eventually reached her hotel, Bhagat said. The woman had approached the group for directions near the New Delhi Railway Station after visiting a city museum, but they took her to a secluded spot before raping her at knifepoint, police said.

AUSTRALIA

Bees being microchipped

Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation scientists are gluing tiny sensors onto thousands of honey bees to track their movements in a trial aimed at halting the spread of diseases that have wiped out populations in the northern hemisphere. They said the microchips could help tackle so-called colony collapse disorder, a situation where bees mysteriously disappear from hives, and the encroachment of the parasitic varroa mite. Scientists will use tweezers to glue on the sensors after soothing the bees to sleep by refrigeration. Some young bees, which tend to be hairier than older bees, need to be shaved before the sensor can be glued on.

AUSTRALIA

Lighting sparks wildfires

Scores of wildfires sparked by lightning strikes overnight were raging in heat wave conditions across South Australia and Victoria yesterday. Firefighters were able to contain most of the fires, but authorities warned of worsening fire conditions tomorrow, when winds were expected to gather pace. South Australia fire official Leigh Miller said the number of fires peaked at 350 in that state since Tuesday, most of them sparked by lightning strikes. Lighting had also started 256 blazes across Victoria by early yesterday, state Fire Commissioner Craig Lapsley said. There were few reported injuries so far.

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