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Roadside bombs kill six

Roadside bombs killed at least six people in two separate attacks on security forces on Monday in the largely Kurdish southeast, security sources said, adding to the violence that has flared across the region in the past 24 hours. One bomb hit a passing police vehicle in the town of Silopi in Sirnak Province near the border with Iraq, the sources said, hours after Turkish warplanes struck camps belonging to the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) in northern Iraq. Four civilians were killed and 19 people were injured, including five security force members, in that attack, the sources said.


LRA rebel to face ICC trial

A top commander of Uganda’s rebel Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) will go on trial at the International Criminal Court (ICC) in December charged with keeping sex slaves and recruiting child soldiers, among other crimes. Dominic Ongwen, a former child soldier who became one of the most LRA’s most feared leaders, is charged with war crimes and crimes against humanity over his role in the group’s reign of terror in northern Uganda from 2002 to 2005. His trial is to start on Dec. 6, the Hague-based ICC said, with prosecutors starting to present their evidence in January.


Gardener jailed for murder

A court on Monday sentenced a gardener to 30 years in jail, with no possibility of parole for 20 years, for the murder of his British former boss and lover. Jean-Louis Cayrou, 54, was convicted of murdering Patricia Wilson at her home near the southwestern city of Toulouse, in an act portrayed as the work of a “jealous” man who could not accept that Wilson had ended their relationship. The 58-year-old woman was last seen alive on August 17, 2012, at her home in Vabre-Tizac village, on her return from a trip to England. Although police found her clothes and traces of blood, Wilson’s body was never found.


Huge alligator scares golfers

An exceptionally large alligator has been filmed taking a casual stroll across a golf course in Florida, as terrified golf players looked on. Charles Helms was enjoying a relaxing afternoon of golf with a friend at Buffalo Creek Golf Course in Palmetto when he spotted the 4.5m-plus reptile heading their way. He immediately reached for his mobile phone and started filming the beast. Initially, the colossal size of the creature made him think it was part of a practical joke. “I was stunned and silent,” he told ABC Action News. “I didn’t know if we were being punked or something... It was just laying down, resting, when it got up and started moving towards the big lake.”


Polanski case relaunched

Warsaw yesterday relaunched a procedure to extradite Oscar-winning director Roman Polanski to the US to face sentencing for a 1977 case of statutory rape. Justice Minister Zbigniew Ziobro told national public radio that he would appeal to the Supreme Court to overturn a previous decision that Polanski should not face extradition. A Krakow court in October ruled that Polanski should not be sent to the US, a decision prosecutors agreed was “justified.” The court was fiercely critical of the US probe into Polanski’s case, saying the US judges and prosecutors had flouted “the rules of a fair trial.” Polanski is still wanted by the US for sentencing over the statutory rape of then 13-year-old Samantha Geimer after a photo shoot in Los Angeles.

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