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Weapons-laden plane seized

Airport authority and security officials say they have seized an aircraft loaded with at least one military helicopter and heavy weapons that made an unscheduled landing at Kano airport. Security agents said they detained five Ukrainian crew members who said the plane was flying from Bangui in Central African Republic, to N’Djamena, the capital of Chad. Kano is far northwest of that air route. The airport authority confirmed yesterday that a Russian-made Antonov transport plane was seized on Saturday. The official PR Nigeria news agency said the plane carried one helicopter, but security officers said the cargo included two helicopters, rocket launchers and machine guns. They spoke anonymously because of the topic’s sensitivity.


Breastfeeding protest held

Several dozen breastfeeding women have protested outside a luxury London hotel where a mother was asked to cover up with a napkin as she fed her baby. Louise Burns said she felt humiliated by staff at Claridge’s in the incident last week. The group Free to Feed organized the “nurse-in” on Saturday outside the hotel in the upmarket Mayfair District. The group’s founder, Emily Slough, said such incidents discourage women from breastfeeding. “We’re here to challenge that stigma and show women it’s normal and natural,” she said. Claridge’s has said it embraces breastfeeding, but requests that women are “discreet” toward other guests. Nigel Farage, leader of the Euro-skeptic party UKIP, drew criticism after he said on Friday that hotels had the right to ask breastfeeding women to “perhaps sit in the corner.”


New war probes opened

The military says it has opened eight new criminal investigations into cases involving Palestinian civilian casualties in this summer’s war in the Gaza Strip. Saturday night’s announcement appears to be a further attempt to head off international investigations into the military’s conduct during the 50-day conflict. More than 2,100 Palestinians — mostly civilians — were killed in the fighting, according to Palestinian and UN estimates.


Author thought slain

Acclaimed author Menis Koumandareas was found apparently murdered on Saturday in his central Athens home, authorities said. He was 83. Though his cause of death was not yet determined, police said the author had wounds to his neck and face, and showed evidence of asphyxiation. Investigators believe Koumandareas went with friends to a cafe in his neighborhood on Friday evening. According to media reports, he excused himself at one point, saying he had to return to his apartment. Koumandareas wrote about 20 novels, short-story collections and essays starting in the 1960s, and he twice won the state prize for novels. “The tragic death of Menis Koumandareas deprives Greek literature of one of its greatest authors,” Minister of Culture Kostas Tasoulas said in a statement. “Over the past half-century, Koumandareas has expressed with his unparalleled sensitivity and personal style the hopes of contemporary man and society.” Known also for translating Ernest Hemingway and F. Scott Fitzgerald, Koumandareas drew sober portraits in his works Koula and the Glass Factory of post-war Greek society with a focus on Athens’ middle class and shopkeepers.


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