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Iraq has buried the victims of a suicide
attack in a football match in the city of
Iskandariya that killed at least 32 people.
Many of the dead were young boys who
were in a trophy ceremony hit by the
bomber, himself said to be a teenager.
So-called Islamic State (IS) said it carried
out the attack. IS is a mainly Sunni group
which controls large swathes of northern
and western Iraq, and has attacked numer-
ous Shia targets in the country.
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, in
Iraq for talks with the government,
expressed his condolences to the families
of the victims. "I would like to take this
opportunity to express my deepest con-
dolences to the people and government of
Iraq, and particularly those members of the
families affected by terrorist attacks yes-
terday," he said.
Ban urged Iraqi leaders to step up rec-
onciliation efforts between Shias and Sunnis
in order to defeat IS.
Last Friday s attack happened in Iskan-
dariya, a mainly Shia town 40km (25 miles)
south of the capital, Baghdad.
Video posted on social media showed
the moment of the blast, as an official was
speaking in front of a crowd of dozens of
people, including the young players.
The footage cuts off with a big flash of
yellow light. It then shows the chaos and
screaming of people fleeing the area.
A medical official said 17 of the dead
were boys aged between ten and 16, AFP
news agency reported. (BBC)
Parents who fail to vaccinate their
children in Uganda will face six months in
jail, according to a new law signed by
President Yoweri Museveni.
It also requires children to have an
immunisation card to allow them to go to
The law will help the government reach
its vaccination target, Health Minister
Sarah Achieng Opendi said.
Some parents and members of a
religious cult have refused to allow their
children vaccinated, she says.
The government's vaccination
campaign targets several life-threatening
diseases including polio and meningitis.
In 2015, the World Health Organization
estimated that 70 children out of every
1,000 will die before they reached the age
of five in Uganda.
Opendi said that three per cent of
Uganda's children had not been
During sensitisation campaigns, some
children had been found hidden in slums
by their parents to avoid the exercise, she
President Museveni signed the act into
law on March 10, but this has only just
been made public.
Uganda to jail parents over missed vaccinations
Iraq buries victims of IS attack
Japan's whaling fleet has returned with more than
300 whales harvested from Antarctic waters,
according to the country's Fisheries Agency.
A four-ship fleet from Japan's Institute of Cetacean
Research travelled to the Antarctic Ocean and killed
333 minke whales. Some 230 were female; about 90
per cent of these were pregnant, according to the
The research was conducted as part of an effort to
understand the minke whale populations in the
Antarctic Ocean, the Japanese Ministry of Fisheries
said in a statement on its website. The purpose was to
study the best methods for managing minke
populations, the ministry said. It said there were no
incidents with anti-whaling activists.
In the past, opponents, including New Zealand and
Australia, have raised concerns about the legitimacy of
the scientific research contention. In 2014, the United
Nation's International Court of Justice ordered Japan
to halt its whaling programme, over concerns of its
whaling activities in the Antarctic region.
On social media, Greenpeace, a long-time opponent
of Japan's whaling programme, stated in a tweet: "The
Japanese whaling fleet defies the UN and kills 333
whales, including 200 pregnant mothers."
Japan has continued to reject international orders to
stop its programme, alleging that its whaling activities
are vital to a larger body of research, as opposed to
Scientific research gets exemption from the 1986
international ban on commercial whaling. But the
International Court of Justice rejected Japan's
scientific claims and ordered an end to its JARPA II
research, which claims to study the maintenance and
improvement of the minke whale population and the
effects of environmental changes on the whale's food
supply, according to its website.
Japan launched a new research programme after the
court ruling in 2014 that says 333 whales could be
killed annually, according to Japan's Fisheries Agency
and Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The four vessels left the port of Shimonoseki,
southwest of Tokyo, in December 2015 and returned
Thursday. The expedition was part of a 12-year
programme that will kill 4,000 minke whales. (CNN)
Several key leaders of Islamic State of Iraq and the
Levant (Isil), including the group's second in command,
were killed in a US raid in Syria earlier this week, US
Secretary of Defense Ash Carter said.
Carter told at a press conference in Washington last
Friday that the US forces had killed a senior Isil leader
known as Haji Iman, marking a further erosion of top
leadership in the armed group, also known as Isis, in
Syria and Iraq.
"We are systematically eliminating Isil's cabinet,"
"The removal of this Isil leader will hamper the
ability for them to conduct operations inside and
outside of Iraq and Syria," Carter said on the death of
Abd al-Rahman Mustafa al-Qaduli, referring to him as
Haji Iman and saying he served as finance minister for
the group. (Al Jazeera)
US forces kill key
Isil leaders in Syria
Japan kills 333
Belgian prosecutors have charged a man
with terrorist offences, in connection with
last Tuesday s attacks in Brussels that left
31 dead, including three bombers.
He was named as Faycal C and was
arrested last Thursday.
At least half the victims died at the air-
port, the rest in an attack on the metro in
suicide bombings claimed by so-called
Islamic State (IS).
Zaventem---Brussels international air-
port---will not reopen before Tuesday,
authorities have announced.
Meanwhile a demonstration against the
attacks, planned for today in central Brus-
sels, has been cancelled after a request from
Organisers said people s security was a
Belgian prosecutors said that Faycal C
had been detained outside the prosecutor s
office in Brussels last Thursday. A search
of his home had found no weapons.
Faycal C was charged with "participation
in the activities of a terrorist group, terrorist
murders and attempted terrorist murders,"
a statement said.
It gave no further details and made no
comment on Belgian media reports that he
was the third man in an airport CCTV
image that showed the two suicide
bombers---Najim Laachraoui on the left,
and Brahim el-Bakraoui. Belgian media say
the third man is Faycal Cheffou, a freelance
The third man, wearing a hat and pale
jacket, also had luggage packed with explo-
sives. However he was said to have fled
without detonating his device. It was det-
onated in a controlled explosion once the
departures hall was cleared.
Brahim el-Bakraoui s brother Khalid car-
ried out the Maelbeek metro attack.(BBC)
Gleason waters a 12-
foot tall Easter bunny
topiary made of moss
and ivy, balancing a
multi-coloured egg of
daises, as it rotates in
the Channel Gardens
of New York's
Rockefeller Center, last
Thursday. AP PHOTO
Belgium charges suspect
Other arrests confirmed by
• A man named as Rabah N, who has
been charged with participation in the
activities of a terrorist group. This followed
the arrest on Friday in a Paris suburb of
Reda Kriket, 34, who was alleged to be in
the "advanced stage" of plotting an attack.
• A man named as Abubakar A had been
placed under arrest and charged with
participation in the activities of a terrorist
group, prosecutors said.
• Another man who was detained after
being shot in the legs at a Brussels tram
stop last Friday was Abderamane A,
whose detention has been extended.
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