At least four people have been killed after a car bomb exploded close to Somalia’s parliament building in the capital, Mogadishu. A device was detonated at a checkpoint close to the interior ministry after soldiers had stopped a suspicious vehicle on Sunday, senior Somali police officer Capt Mohamed Hussein said. The blast took place on a road leading to the presidential palace, just 200 yards from the complex’s main gates. World news in pictures 50 show all World news in pictures 1/50 Fireworks are set off as the final performance takes place during the Closing Ceremony for the 2018 Commonwealth Games. PA 2/50 The wreckage of the Scientific Studies and Research Centre compound in the Barzeh district, north of Damascus, after the United States, UK and France launched strikes against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's regime early on April 14 in response to an alleged chemical weapons attack after mulling military action for nearly a week. Syrian state news … [Read more...] about Somalia: Car bomb kills at least four near parliament in Mogadishu
Moroccan protesters clashed with security forces in a poor mining town where residents have been demanding government help to tackle poverty, officials and activists said. The town of Jerada in the remote north-east has seen protests since two artisan miners were killed in an accident in December, but demonstrations calling for state aid and alternative jobs had remained peaceful until now. On Wednesday, protesters set five police cars on fire and clashed with police, a local official said. An unspecified number of police officers were wounded and brought to a hospital in Oujda, the main city in the north-east, a statement said. Read more Morocco bans burqa over security concerns Nine people had been detained, officials said. An activist in Jerada said residents had staged a sit-in against a statement by interior ministry on Tuesday that had warned it was ready to act decisively unless the protests stopped. Female residents said there had been tear gas and smoke, according … [Read more...] about Moroccan protesters clash with police in poor mining town and ‘set cars on fire’
Sealy, Texas - John Hennessey has always said that his job is making fast cars go faster. Well, this time he’s really outdone himself. What you are watching is a Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 fitted with Hennessey’s new twin-turbo HPE1000 package, being put through its paces at the Pennzoil proving grounds in Sealy, Texas, home to Hennessey Performance. As its name suggests, the HPE1000 kit boosts the power of the standard 5.2-litre V8 from 387kW to a whiplash-inducing 735kW - or in American terms, a cool one thousand horsepower; hence the name. Hennessey doesn’t give any details of what he does to the GT350’s bent eight to almost double its output (other than the two gynormous hairdriers, of course) but from the vacuum-cleaner whine of the turbos, the the howl of the drainpipe-sized tailpipes, and the bad-tempered popping and banging on the overrun that you can clearly hear over the synthetic rock ‘n roll backing track, it’s running way outside its … [Read more...] about This Pony Car has a thousand ponies under the hood!
An Indian TV presenter has been praised as “extremely brave” after she reportedly read out the breaking news of her husband’s death in a car accident on a 24-hour popular news channel. Supreet Kaur read out the news bulletin after a reporter phoned in details of a fatal accident, which had killed three of the five people travelling in a Renault Duster. The 28-year-old to realised her husband was likely to be one of those killed as he was meant to travel in a Renault Duster along the same route and at the same time with four companions, the Hindustan Times reports. A news anchor for Chhattisgarh’s IBC-24 channel for nine years, Ms Kaur kept her composure throughout the news bulletin. It was only after the news hour, when she walked out of the TV studio, that she reportedly broke down. One of her colleagues told the Indian newspaper: “She is an extremely brave lady. We are proud of her as an anchor, but what happened today has left … [Read more...] about TV presenter reads out breaking news of her husband’s death in car crash
The Moroccan contingent taking part in the UN peacekeeping mission (MINUSCA) in the Central African Republic (CAR) completed another heroic act by liberating 15 hostages that were held by the Ugandan militia known as the Lord Resistance Army (LRA). The operation was jointly conducted with CAR armed forces in the village of Koumbou east of the country, after the LRA took the hostages on March 30. The 15 hostages were rescued following a fire exchange, a CAR government spokesperson said at a joint press conference with the MINUSCA. Morocco is contributing 1470 peacekeepers in MINUSCA, which has a total of 12,870 uniformed personnel including 10,750 military personnel and 2,080 police personnel. MINUSCA is tasked with protecting the civilian population from threat of physical violence, supporting the political transition process and the efforts seeking to address root causes of the conflict and establishing lasting peace and security in the CAR. Plagued by decades of instability and … [Read more...] about Moroccan Blue Helmets Free 15 Hostages in CAR