Two men shot in incidents in N.Ireland’s Londonderry — police

Police and ambulance crews at the scene of a fatal shooting in the Markets area of South Belfast, Northern Ireland, in this file photo taken on May 5, 2015. (AP)
Updated 02 February 2019

Two men shot in incidents in N.Ireland’s Londonderry — police

  • The incident highlighted the threat still posed by militant groups opposed to a 1998 peace deal that largely ended three decades of violence in the British-run province

BELFAST: Northern Ireland police said on Friday two men were shot in “paramilitary style attacks” at about 8 p.m. in two locations in the Ballymagroarty area of Londonderry.
“Innocent residents shouldn’t have to worry about criminal thugs shooting people outside their homes,” the police department said in a tweet. (http://bit.ly/2G3mIol)
On Jan. 19, a car bomb detonated outside a courthouse in Londonderry. No one was injured in the blast, which was later claimed by a group calling itself the “IRA.”
The incident highlighted the threat still posed by militant groups opposed to a 1998 peace deal that largely ended three decades of violence in the British-run province.


France urges ‘rapid formation’ of new Lebanese government

Updated 14 min 23 sec ago

France urges ‘rapid formation’ of new Lebanese government

PARIS: France on Monday urged the speedy formation of a new Lebanese government “that can live up to the expectations of the people,” after premier Hassan Diab’s cabinet quit over the Beirut blast.
“The aspirations expressed by the Lebanese in terms of reforms and governance must be heard,” French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said in a statement.
“The priority must be the rapid formation of a government that can live up to the expectations of the people, whose mission will be to meet the main challenges of the country, especially the reconstruction of Beirut and reforms without which the country will plunge into economic, social and political chaos,” he said.
Diab’s government, formed in January to tackle a spiralling economic crisis, has faced all-out public fury since an explosion in Beirut port last week that killed at least 160 people, wounded 6,000 others and ravaged swathes of the capital.

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