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French naval forces patrolling the northern
Indian Ocean have seized a ship full of weapons
they say was heading towards Somalia.
Hundreds of assault rifles, machine guns and
anti-tank weapons were found.
They seized the weapons under a UN embargo
to prevent arms from getting to Somali Islamist
Earlier this month, the Australian navy intercepted
a cache of arms on a fishing boat off Oman, also
believed to be on its way to Somalia.
BBC Monitoring s Africa security correspondent
Tomi Oladipo says the French helicopter that spotted
the ship is part of the multinational Combined
Maritime Forces (CMF) that patrols the Indian
The vessel was not registered to any country and
the CMF did not reveal any further information
about the people transporting the weapons.
The multinational force, which was also set up
to tackle piracy off the coast of Somalia, seized
the weapons to prevent them from getting to the
Islamist militant group, al-Shabab.
ship of weapons
seized by navy
The largest party in Brazil s governing coalition,
the PMDB, has voted to pull out.
The centrist party called for an "immediate exit"
from President Dilma Rousseff s government.
The move could hasten impeachment proceedings
against President Rousseff, correspondents say.
Opposition lawmakers want to remove Ms Rouss-
eff over claims that she manipulated accounts to
hide a growing deficit.
The decision comes a day after tourism minister
Henrique Eduardo Alves from the PMDB---the
Brazilian Democratic Movement Party---stood down.
At a leadership meeting yesterday, the PMDB
decided that its six remaining ministers in President
Rousseff s cabinet must resign or face ethics pro-
The BBC s Laura Bicker in Sao Paulo says Pres-
ident Rousseff could now be temporarily suspended
from office by Congress as early as May.
Analysts say a considerable number of lawmakers
from the PMDB have felt uneasy about their alliance
with the left-wing Workers Party for a while.
Their unease has been compounded by calls for
Ms Rousseff s impeachment and a widening cor-
ruption scandal involving senior members in the
The president needs one third of the members
of the lower house of Congress to vote against her
impeachment for the proceedings to be shelved.
Without the PMDB, she could lose as many as
69 votes at once in the 513-member Chamber of
Brazil govt coalition
Police block the area around US Capitol building after a shooting at the
Capitol Visitor Center complex in Washington, Monday. Police shot a man
on Monday after he pulled a weapon at a US Capitol checkpoint as spring
tourists thronged Washington, authorities said. The suspect was previously
known to police, who last October arrested him for disrupting House of
Representatives proceedings and yelling he was a "Prophet of God."
North Korea has told its people
to prepare for famine in what it
has ominously described as a
second "arduous march."
An article published in the
state-run Rodong Sinmumn
newspaper has urged citizens to
prepare for economic hardship,
warning that "the road to revolu-
tion is long and arduous. We may
have to go on an arduous march,
during which we will have to
chew the roots of plants once
The term was coined following
the four-year famine which
started in 1994 and was respon-
sible for the deaths of around
three million North Koreans.
The famine took hold following
a period of economic misman-
agement, natural disasters and
the collapse of the Soviet bloc.
The South Korean newspaper
Chosun Ilbo, said, "People are get-
ting anxious because the regime
is forcing farmers to give extra
food donations to the military,"
the paper added.
It is thought the famine warn-
ing is set to last three years.
It went on to say allegiances to
Kim Jong-un, the countries'
leader, should not waver. "Even if
we give up our lives, we should
continue to show our loyalty to
our leader, Kim Jong-un, until the
end of our lives," it added.
North Korea tells citizens to 'prepare for famine'
TAIPEI---A Taiwanese man suspected of decapitat-
ing a four-year-old girl was beaten by an angry mob,
as the case sparked fresh debate yesterday about
the death penalty for child-killers.
The man grabbed the child as she cycled to a Taipei
metro station with her mother on Monday, and be-
headed her with a kitchen knife, police said.
The suspect pushed away the girl's mother as she
tried to save her daughter. Seven bystanders were also
unable to stop the man, police added.
Police said the suspect, a 33-year-old surnamed
Wang, had previously been arrested for drug related
crimes and had sought medical treatment for mental ill-
The case, the second child killing in Taipei in less than
a year, has sparked widespread public anger and criti-
cism of calls to abolish the death penalty.
Television footage Monday showed dozens of angry
people gathered outside a police station in Taipei where
the suspect was being held.
Some attacked the man as he was being transferred
to the prosecutor's office for questioning. He pleaded
with them to "stop beating." (AFP)
suspect beaten by
The militant group Islamic State (ISIS) continued
its persecution of Christian groups by allegedly cruci-
fying a Catholic priest on Good Friday, the Washing-
ton Times reports.
The victim was reportedly the Rev Thomas Uzhun-
nalil, a Salesian priest, who was kidnapped in Yemen
earlier this month during a raid on a Catholic nursing
home run by Mother Teresa's organisation Missionaries
Uzhunnalil, a native of India, was captured on March
4, in a raid which also killed 16 Christian nuns and
nurses. His alleged death by the same method the Ro-
mans used to kill Jesus---an event marked by Christians
around the world on Good Friday---was reportedly con-
firmed at the Easter Vigil Mass by Cardinal Christoph
Schonborn of Vienna, although the Cardinal's claim has
yet to be independently verified.
Dozens of Japanese scientists and engineers are
scrambling to save a satellite---and more than a quar-
ter of a billion dollars of investment---tumbling out of
control in space.
Hitomi, meaning the pupil of the eye, was launched
It was designed to study energetic space objects
such as supermassive black holes, neutron stars, and
galaxy clusters, by observing energy wavelengths from
X-rays to gamma-rays.
But time is now running out to save the mission.
Ground control in Japan managed brief contact with
the spacecraft after that, but then lost contact.
The satellite also appeared to show a sudden change
of course, and observers on Earth have seen it appear-
ing to flash, suggesting it may be tumbling.
The next day, JSpOC referred to the event as a
"breakup," although experts have clarified that Hitomi
may well be mostly intact.
Police arrested a lovestruck "idiot"
who wore a fake suicide belt and
forced an EgyptAir passenger jet to
land in Cyprus yesterday morning,
government officials confirmed, end-
ing a bizarre and frightening hijacking
that stretched on for hours.
The president of Cyprus, Nicos
Anastasiades insisted it was not ter-
rorism, with another government offi-
cial saying the man "seems (to be) in
Police said he demanded a meeting
with his ex-wife, with whom he has
four children. He reportedly gave nego-
tiators the name of a woman who lives
in Cyprus and asked to give her an
Witnesses told state TV he tossed a
letter for the woman onto the tarmac.
The couple divorced in 1994, police
At one point the hijacker demanded
the release of women held in Egyptian
prisons, but he then dropped the
demand and made others. "His
demands made no sense or were too
incoherent to be taken seriously,"
Cyprus Foreign Minister Ioannis
Kasoulides told reporters, adding that
the contents of the letter also were
"He s not a terrorist, he s an idiot,"
Egypt s foreign ministry said in a state-
ment to a Cairo-based journalist quoted
by Reuters. "Terrorists are crazy but
they aren t stupid. This guy is." One
photo that spread online appeared to
show the hijacker posing for a selfie
with another man onboard.
Egypt s Interior Ministry identified
the suspect as 58-year-old Seif Eddin
Mustafa. A police official said the
hijacker walked off the plane and was
taken into custody by special anti-ter-
rorism police. He said the man wore
a belt but there were no explosives in
it. Police in Cairo were questioning the
hijacker s relatives, Sharif Faisal, the
police chief for the industrial suburb
of Helwan, told The Associated Press.
The hijacker forced the EgyptAir Air-
bus A320, which left from Alexandria,
to land more than 300 miles away at
Larnaca airport on the southern coast
of Cyprus. The flight was scheduled
to land in Cairo. At least 55 passengers
were on board.
Reuters, citing an Israeli military
source, reported that Israel scrambled
warplanes in its airspace as a precaution
in response to the hijacking.
Officials: call him an idiot, not a terrorist
ISIS crucifies Catholic
priest on Good Friday
Japanese satellite lost in space
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