Brazil protests against murder of police critic
RIO DE JANEIRO • Thousands took to the streets of Brazil's largest cities on Thursday night to protest against the murder of a popular Rio de Janeiro city councilwoman, an outspoken critic of police killings of poor residents. Investigators, prosecutors and even drug gang leaders said the shooting of Ms Marielle Franco, 38, a rising star in the Socialism and Liberty Party, appeared to be a political assassination.
Outrage in Nigeria over lawmakers' allowance
ABUJA • The revelation by a Nigerian senator that lawmakers in the Upper House of Parliament receive about US$37,500 (S$49,365) each month for personal expenses has prompted anger in the West African country, where most people live on less than US$2 a day. Senator Shehu Sani's disclosure sparked outrage in Africa's biggest crude oil producer, where most of its 190 million inhabitants live in poverty.
London Tube bomber found guilty
LONDON • An Iraqi teenager who had come to Britain as an asylum seeker was found guilty yesterday of attempted murder after detonating a home-made bomb on a packed rush-hour London commuter train, injuring 30 people.
Ahmed Hassan, 18, was found guilty of trying to murder people on board the underground train. The bomb went off at Parsons Green station but it did not fully explode.