World Briefs: Anti-Islamist raids around Berlin

Anti-Islamist raids around Berlin

BERLIN • German police launched pre-dawn raids yesterday on 24 locations, including a mosque frequented by Anis Amri, the Tunisian suspect in last December's Berlin market attack.

A team of 460 police officers swooped on apartments, two businesses and six cells in two prisons to gather evidence against radical Islamists. No arrests were reported.


Plane crashes into homes, killing 3

LOS ANGELES • A plane carrying five people plunged into two homes on Monday in Riverside, California, killing at least three passengers and injuring two others.

The passengers were returning to San Jose after a cheerleading competition over the weekend at Disneyland.


Panama Papers investigators go solo

WASHINGTON • The investigative reporting alliance, known for uncovering the Panama Papers scandal linking some of the world's most powerful leaders to unreported offshore companies, has become an independent entity.

The Washington-based International Consortium of Investigative Journalists has spun off from the non-profit Centre for Public Integrity, a move it said on Monday may help it expand globally.


Online site bans ads for donkey sales

JOHANNESBURG • Online sales website Gumtree has banned advertisements offering donkeys in South Africa to prevent an increasing number of inhumane killings of the animals to meet Chinese demand for their skins, which are believed to have medicinal properties.

South African police say there has been a surge in the illegal slaughter of the animals since last year, with thousands of hides found hidden in warehouses and backyards.


Boy killed in clashes at refugee camp

BEIRUT • Clashes between gunmen in the Ain el-Hilweh Palestinian refugee camp in southern Lebanon killed a child yesterday, the latest casualty in several days of fighting between the Fatah party and rival militants - some of them supporters of Islamic State in Iraq and Syria and Al-Qaeda.

Witnesses said the boy was hit in the head by a gunshot.

The NNA state news agency said that at least one other person was wounded by sniper fire.


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