[Iran Press TV] At least 18 people have been killed in a southeastern Nigerian town due to a "mysterious" disease which kills in less than 24 hours, government says.
"Twenty-three people (were affected) and 18 deaths were recorded," AFP quoted the Ondo state health commissioner, Dayo Adeyanju, as saying on Saturday.
Earlier in the day a government front man, Kayode Akinmade, had put the number of casualties at 17, saying that the mysterious disease broke out early this week in Ode-Irele town.
Akinmad added that all the victims perished within a day of falling ill and that Ebola or any other known virus has so far been ruled out as the cause by Laboratory tests, noting, "There is no patient of the disease in any hospital and the disease has not spread beyond the town."
He added that apart from government experts and health officials, World Health Organization (WHO) epidemiologists had also arrived in the town for further investigation.
WHO has confirmed having information on 14 cases and 12 deaths.
"Common symptoms were sudden blurred vision, headache, loss of consciousness followed by death, occurring within 24 hours," said WHO front man Tarik Jasarevic, adding that an investigation was currently underway.
Hundreds of Russian banks are poised to disappear as the worsening economic crisis and a central bank cleanup force them to merge or close.
High interest rates and sanctions over the conflict with Ukraine are squeezing the country’s more than 820 lenders just as central bank Governor Elvira Nabiullina is shutting mismanaged and under-capitalized banks at a record pace.
"Russia has far too many licensed banks," said Christopher Weafer, a senior partner at Moscow-based consulting firm Macro Advisory. "Cutting the number to between 200 and 300 would be a very positive step."
Sweeping away weak banks would help the economy by improving lending practices, reducing corruption and increasing transparency, said Weafer. It could also fortify the dominance of the largest state-owned firms, OAO Sberbank and VTB Group, as customers seeking safety migrate to those institutions. Meantime, some mid-sized lenders say they’re ready to take over competitors in what could prompt a wave of deals.
[AA.TR] The Turkish Consulate General building in the Greek city of Thessaloniki was struck by Molotov cocktails several times during a demonstration against high-security prisons Friday night, consulate sources told the Anadolu Agency.
At least two people, including a woman passerby were maimed in the attack.
Greek police had not intervened when a group of protesters moved from the city center towards the street, where the consulate general was located.
The protesters turned violent and hurled more than 10 Molotov cocktails at the Turkish Consulate General building and at coppers stationed there. The outer wall of the consulate building, a police booth and a bus near the consulate were damaged in the incident, consulate officials told AA.
A police car also caught fire in the attack, they added.
The protesters were demonstrating against high-security prisons and intended to show solidarity with hunger strikers at such institutions in the country.
The police booth in front of the Turkish Consulate General has been attacked at least nine times before.
[Hurriyet Daily News] The Sick Man of Europe Turkey ...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire.... 's leading academics on game studies have launched a petition against the Family and Social Policies Ministry's controversial initiative to ban Minecraft, a popular videogame.
"Computer games cannot be reviewed as if they are bonzai," said the petition launched on change.org on April 18, referring to a synthetic illegal drug.
Turkish media reported last month that the ministry's Children Services General Directorate contacted its legal affairs department with an instruction for the legal process to ban the game to be started.
Minecraft is a videogame that allows the player to make designs with cubes in 2D or 3D. The game has several modes and in some of the modes, the player needs to survive in order to proceed.
The ministry had originally launched an investigation into the game in February on grounds that it encourages violence, especially against woman. Last month, however, it concluded the investigation with the suggestion of a ban to protect children from violence and "social isolation."
Initially signed by 24 academics from Turkish universities and published by the Turkish branch of Digital Games Research Association (DiGRA), the petition demanded "the report and the data that it used as source be publicized immediately."
[DAWN] ISLAMABAD: Despite an attack on one of their own, the capital city's police department seems hesitant to proceed against suspects -- who assaulted an on-duty constable and fled, leaving behind a vehicle filled with contraband items -- because they are said to be backed by 'a powerful figure'.
On Thursday night, around 8pm, Constable Fazal Malik was part of a Rescue-15 patrol team that was manning a picket in F-11 Markaz, when he saw a car blocking traffic on the busy thoroughfare. A white BMW had stopped in the middle of the road and was holding up traffic, so Constable Malik decided to find out what the problem was.
A multi-volume chronology and reference guide set detailing three years of the Mexican Drug War between 2010 and 2012.
Rantburg.com and borderlandbeat.com correspondent and author Chris Covert presents his first non-fiction work detailing
the drug and gang related violence in Mexico.
Chris gives us Mexican press dispatches of drug and gang war violence
over three years, presented in a multi volume set intended to chronicle the death, violence and mayhem which has
dominated Mexico for six years.