Briefs, November 4, 2012

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 04 November, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 04 November, 2012, 4:10am

Army may be called in to halt march in Kuwait

KUWAIT CITY - Kuwait may call in the army to help security forces stop a march called by the opposition for today after the government vowed to use force if necessary, the emirate's Al-Anbaa newspaper reported. The move came after security forces used tear gas to disperse thousands of protesters on Wednesday. The opposition has called the march in Kuwait City to protest against an amendment to the electoral law ordered by emir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmed al-Sabah last month ahead of a snap December 1 parliamentary election. AFP

Police chief killed by rebels' roadside bomb

KABUL - Officials say a roadside bombing in southern Afghanistan has killed a district police chief, as the insurgents target Afghan security forces amid the drawdown of foreign troops. Ahmadulah Nazik, the administrator of Dand district in Kandahar province, said Rahmatullah Khan died yesterday while trying to reach a police outpost under Taliban attack. The killing comes a day after four policemen were shot dead in southern Helmand province by their own colleagues. Taliban spokesman Qari Jusuf Ahmedi said the killers fled and joined the guerillas. AP

Security forces kill 13 kidnappers in raid

YENAGOA - Nigerian security forces have killed 13 members of a gang suspected of abducting a Turkish man in a dawn raid on their hideout in oil-producing Rivers state, police said. A US$127,600 ransom was paid for the release of Bayram Karakus, who worked for the Rivigo Construction company, said police spokesman Ben Ugwuegbulam. He gave no details of what happened to Karakus. Police said the ransom money was recovered. Kidnapping for ransom is common in the Niger Delta region. Reuters

Watch this space station, says Nasa

WASHINGTON - For anyone interested in a glimpse of the International Space Station, Nasa is ready to help. The US space agency, celebrating the 12th anniversary of astronauts living and working on the orbiting lab, has launched a new service that alerts people by e-mail or text message when the space station is visible from their backyard, with no telescope required. The service is available worldwide, Nasa said, adding that the station's trajectory carried it over more than 90 per cent of the earth's population. AFP

Five aid workers freed but one is shot dead

NIAMEY - Five African aid workers who were abducted in Niger last month have been freed, while a sixth has died after being shot by the al-Qaeda-linked kidnappers. One of the hostages said the kidnapping was carried out by the armed Islamist group the Movement for Oneness and Jihad in West Africa, one of the al-Qaeda-backed groups that seized control of the northern part of neighbouring Mali. That country was plunged into chaos by a coup in March that ousted president Amadou Toure. AFP

Orthodox Church head in warning over West

MOSCOW - The head of Russia's powerful Orthodox Church urged Russians to stay faithful to their own traditions, cautioning that Western recipes for modernisation could result in political turmoil. In what will probably be seen as a veiled attack on the opposition, Patriarch Kirill, a staunch supporter of Russian President Vladimir Putin, warned against blindly following Western models and forgetting one's roots. AFP