Explosions in Cairo stations injure four people
A series of bombs exploded across Cairo’s underground stations, injuring at least four people. Explosions went off at three stations during morning rush hour within minutes of each other. Authorities have said the explosions were “very primary” and of “low intensity”. The attacks have been blamed on Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhood.
Ukraine helicopter shot down, nine troops dead
Insurgents have shot down a Ukrainian helicopter carrying nine military technicians, killing everyone on board. The technicians were returning from installing specialised equipment when the helicopter was struck. The attack happened just after pro-Russian separatists announced a ceasefire on Monday until June 27, following a week-long truce ordered by Ukraine’s president. Al Jazeera reporter Paul Brennan said the ceasefire remained in name, but was meaningless if left unmonitored.
Woman charged in Sudan over fake documents
A Christian mother has been locked up again after she allegedly used fake documents in an attempt to leave Sudan. She had recently been freed from a death sentence imposed for renouncing her Islamic faith and adopting Christianity. A spokesperson from the Sudanese Embassy in Washington DC has said that “she is free to leave Sudan, she just has to do it legally”.
Norway to outlaw begging
Norway is planning to introduce a ban on begging. Anyone who is seen begging on the street could face up to 3 months in prison. Polls have found two in three citizens consider begging a crime and are offended that most of the beggars they see are foreigners, often Romanian. A study commissioned by the government found that as many as 1000 foreign beggars are working Norway’s cities. The ban will take effect nationally by summer 2015, the Financial Times reported.
Taliban lose 100 fighters in battle for former US stronghold
Government forces in southern Afghanistan have killed up to 100 Taliban fighters who were trying to seize territory previously occupied by US troops. The interior minister has confirmed that the Taliban offensive was pushed back, and Afghan soldiers are holding the frontline. Government losses were not detailed. It is believed about 800 Taliban took part in the offensive. – Compiled from internet sources by Paige Pollard and Daniel Doody.
Top photo of Faysal Metro Station, Cairo, from Yusuke Kawasaki’s Flick photostream.