Tuesday, January 16, 2018
News Roundup

Pakistani militants hit airport, leaving nine dead

Pakistan

Militants hit airport, leaving nine dead

Militants launched a coordinated assault on the main airport in the northwest city of Peshawar late Saturday, leaving at least nine people dead and dozens injured in an attack likely to renew questions about the government's ability to combat Pakistan's five-year insurgency. Militants fired a volley of rocket-propelled grenades at Bacha Khan International Airport, damaging a section of the boundary wall, Information Minister Iftikhar Hussain said. The airport is also home to an air base used by the air force. No aircraft were damaged. Troops secured the airport within a couple of hours, Hussain said. Authorities said four civilians and five militants were killed.

Nigeria

Governor, 5 others die in copter crash

A navy helicopter crashed Saturday in Nigeria's oil-rich southern delta, killing a state governor and five other people, in the latest air disaster to hit Africa's most populous nation, officials said. Nigeria's presidency said in a statement that the governor of the central Nigerian state of Kaduna, Patrick Yakowa, died. In June, a passenger plane crashed into a neighborhood in the commercial capital of Lagos, killing 153 people onboard and at least 10 people on the ground.

Detroit

Domino's founder targets health law

The founder of Domino's Pizza is suing the federal government over mandatory contraception coverage in the health care law. Tom Monaghan, a devout Roman Catholic, says contraception isn't health care but a "gravely immoral" practice. He filed a lawsuit Friday in federal court. Monaghan offers health insurance that excludes contraception and abortion for employees. The new federal law requires employers to offer insurance including contraception coverage or risk fines. There are similar lawsuits nationwide.

Russia

Anti-Putin rally draws thousands

Thousands of opposition supporters gathered Saturday outside the old KGB headquarters in central Moscow to mark a year of mass protests against Vladimir Putin and his government. The turnout was far smaller than the tens of thousands who filled Moscow streets in protests that erupted after fraud-plagued parliamentary elections last December. But unlike most of those protests, Saturday's gathering was not authorized and those who came risked arrest and fines.

Elsewhere

Venezuela: President Hugo Chávez is in full control of his mental faculties and has been talking with his children and getting daily visits from Fidel Castro while recovering slowly from cancer surgery in Cuba, his son-in-law said Saturday.

Britain: A service was held in London on Saturday to mourn the death of a nurse found hanging in her room after she had been duped by a hoax call from Australian DJs about the pregnant Duchess of Cambridge.

Times wires

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