Twin suicide attacks kill five people in north Cameroon - sources
Suspected Boko Haram militants detonated two suicide bombs in a village in northern Cameroon on Saturday afternoon, killing at least five people, security sources and an official told Reuters. The attacks in the village of Dabanga are thought to be the latest in a series of cross-border raids into Cameroon's Far North Region by members of the Nigeria-based Islamist militants. "The provisional toll is seven dead, including the two suicide bombers, as well as two soldiers injured," said a senior government source, requesting anonymity.
Aussies closing in on victory in day-night Test
Australia were edging towards victory thanks to a Shaun Marsh-Adam Voges partnership in the first-ever day-night Test against New Zealand in Adelaide on Sunday. After being set 187 runs to win, the hosts were rocked by the double loss of skipper Steve Smith and his deputy David Warner in the space of seven balls. At the dinner break heading into the crucial final session under lights, Australia were 113 for three and 74 runs from victory with Voges on 27 and Marsh not out 24.
Boko Haram claims responsibility for Kano suicide bomb: SITE
Militant Islamist group Boko Haram has claimed responsibility for a suicide bombing on a procession of Shi'ite Muslims that killed at least 21 people in northern Nigeria's Kano state, the SITE monitoring service reported on Saturday. Jihad monitoring service SITE Intelligence said Boko Haram -- which rarely claims responsibility for attacks -- had named the bomber in a message on Twitter. Reuters could not immediately verify the statement or the authenticity of the Twitter account.
Belgian scheme tries to nip radicalisation in the bud
In the troubled Brussels district of Molenbeek, politician Sarah Turine is on the frontline of her own war to stop the sons of Belgian families going off to Syria to join Islamic State fighters. "We must try to defuse this anger among the young," Turine, who oversees a radicalisation prevention programme in Molenbeek, told AFP over tea at an upscale Arab cafe. "We have to assure them they have a place here, that they are not second-class citizens, and to undermine the recruiters' arguments," said Turine, a member of the leftist Ecolo party.
Two Kenyans with Iran links arrested for plotting attacks - ministry
Kenyan security forces have arrested two Kenyan men with links to Iran on suspicion of planning attacks in the East African nation, the Interior Ministry said on Saturday. The ministry originally identified both men as Iranians, but a spokesman later said it had issued that detail in error and the two men had links to Iran, not Iranian nationality. "The two men, Abubakar Sadiq Louw and Yassin Sambai Juma, have admitted to conspiring to mount terror attacks against Western targets in Kenya," the ministry said.
Gunmen kill 4 Egypt security personnel south of Cairo - sources
Gunmen killed four security personnel in an attack at a police checkpoint in Saqqara, near some of Egypt's historic pyramid sites, the Interior Ministry and three security sources said on Saturday. One security source said the two attackers were riding a motor bike when they opened fire using machine guns at a police checkpoint in Saqqara, 22 miles south of Cairo. The interior ministry said in a statement that security forces are scanning the area of the attack in search of the gunmen.
Climate change and conflict, a perfect storm
Violence has cast a long shadow over a climate summit opening in Paris on Monday, two weeks after 130 people were killed in a coordinated jihadist onslaught on the French capital. As more than 150 world leaders prepared to meet under heightened security, analysts warned of an increasingly war-torn future facing humanity if they fail to limit global warming. The Paris attacks on November 13 were claimed by the Islamic State group that has a brutal war in Syria -- a conflict rooted in part, experts say, on an historic drought from 2006 to 2010.
Jones holds off Spieth, Scott to win Australian Open
Matt Jones followed in the footsteps of boyhood idol Greg Norman by winning the Australian Open Sunday, holding off the challenge of world number one Jordan Spieth and former champion Adam Scott. Spieth missed a 15-foot eagle putt at the last that would have sent the event into a play-off, with his 71 ensuring a share of second place at seven-under-par with Australia's Scott (65), who won in 2009.
Upstate New York town threatened by Arizona man in online post: reports(Reuters) - Residents and authorities in a rural upstate New York community were taking precautions after an Arizona man posted a video online showing himself with a gun and saying he was traveling to the town for a possible confrontation, according to media reports. Jon Ritzheimer, of Phoenix, Arizona, was seen with a gun and claiming that he was heading to Islamberg, a rural hamlet that is home to a small Muslim community about 130 miles northwest of New York City, the reports said. Ritzheimer posted the video on Facebook, according to the reports.
Brazil finds Zika virus causes deformities in babies
Brasília (AFP) - The Brazilian health ministry confirmed that there was a link between cases of microcephaly, a head deformity, in babies and the Zika virus, transmitted by mosquitoes that spread dengue. The outbreak of microcephaly in northeastern Brazil "is a unique situation in global scientific research," the agency said in a statement. Health authorities established the link after identifying the presence of the virus in a deceased baby who had been born with microcephaly and other genetic diseases.