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Nigeria. Muslims attack Christian settlers; more than 100 people killed Officials say Fulani Muslim herders attacked three Christian villages and killed more than 100 civilians. Hundreds of thatched-roof huts were set ablaze. Thousands have been killed in recent years in competition for land and water between mainly Muslim Fulani herdsmen and Christian farmers across Nigeria’s Middle Belt. More than 100 people were killed in similar attacks in neighbouring Katsina state last week. Chenshyi village chief Moonshine from China?

Russian villagers die after drinking bad booze Investigators in Russia say at least 14 people in a village in the Far East have died of apparent methanol poisoning after drinking

Nuhu Moses said Sunday that gunmen killed more than 50 people including the pastor’s wife and children. He said the entire village was destroyed. Local government acting chairman Daniel Anyip said about 100 people were killed in attacks on three villages Friday night. The Southern Kaduna Indigenes Progressive Forum blamed the government for failing to take action. Monday, March 17, 2014

Egypt’s crackdown brings most arrests in 20 years Systematic beatings. Flood of arrests has swamped prisons and courts; prisoners are held for months without charge Egypt’s crackdown on Islamists has jailed 16,000 people over the past eight months in the country’s biggest round-

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counterfeit liquor. Officials in Krasnokamensk region said Sunday they believe the alcohol may have been imported from China, around an hour’s drive from the village. Investigators say a 49-year-old resident of the village has been detained, suspected of selling the liquor. the associated press

Election ‘farce’

Ousted Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi, centre, arrives for a trial hearing in Cairo in November 2013. Egypt’s Interior Ministry/the associated press

On April 1, 2014 Nova Scotia’s minimum wage rates will increase. The minimum wage will go up from $10.30 to $10.40 per hour. The minimum wage for inexperienced workers will rise from $9.80 to $9.90 per hour. Employees can be paid the inexperienced rate only if they have worked for the employer for less than three months and have less than three months total experience with that kind of work.

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Former Egyptian presidential candidate close to the country’s youth movements, Khaled Ali, said Sunday he would not take part in upcoming presidential elections, calling them a “farce” stacked in favour of Egypt’s powerful military chief, Field Marshal AbdelFattah el-Sissi.

up in nearly two decades, according to previously unreleased figures from security officials. Rights activists say reports of abuses in prisons are mounting, with prisoners describing systematic beatings and miserable conditions for dozens packed into tiny cells. The Egyptian government has not released official numbers for those arrested in the sweeps since the military ousted Islamist President Mohammed Morsi in July. But four senior officials — two from the Interior Ministry and two from the military — gave a count of 16,000, including about 3,000 top- or mid-level members of Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhood. The count, which is consistent with recent estimates by human rights groups, was based on a tally kept by the Interior Ministry. It includes hundreds of women and minors. the associated press