World Briefs: Women arrested for terror plans

Women arrested for terror plans

RABAT • Moroccan police have arrested 10 women who had allegedly pledged allegiance to Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and planned to carry out suicide bombings across the country.

The Interior Ministry said yesterday the all-female cell had "tried to obtain the chemicals used to make explosive belts" and were planning to attack "vital installations".


Five on trial for Nemtsov killing

MOSCOW • Five men accused of involvement in gunning down Russian opposition politician Boris Nemtsov in February last year have gone on trial at a military court in Moscow.

The suspects are ethnic Chechens, who all pleaded not guilty.The trial had been delayed while investigators hunted for a Chechen security official, who allegedly paid the suspects to kill Mr Nemtsov, a strong critic of President Vladimir Putin.


Protest against abortion ban

WARSAW • Thousands of women in black went on strike across Poland yesterday, in protest against plans for a total ban on abortion unless a woman's life is in direct danger.

That led to the closing down of restaurants, government offices and university classes. Access to the ruling party's headquarters was blocked.

It is unclear whether the conservative Law and Justice (PiS) government will back the draft law, introduced by an independent group Ordo Iuris.


Estonia elects first woman president

TALLINN • The Estonian parliament yesterday elected the country's first female head of state, Ms Kersti Kaljulaid, 46, a former European Union budget auditor. She received 81 votes, well above the two-thirds majority of 68 required to fill the largely symbolic office of president.


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