News in Brief
Anti-Islamist leads Tunisia vote
The head of Tunisia's anti-Islamist Nidaa Tounes party, Beji Caid Essebsi, leads the country's presidential election with 39.46 percent of votes, six percentage points ahead of incumbent Marzouki, results showed yesterday. Because there was no outright winner, a second round of voting will now be held, election commission said.
India mulling to curb cigarette sales
Pti, New Delhi
Indian health ministry has recommended a ban on sale of loose cigarettes and also increase in the minimum age of a person to whom tobacco products can be sold, it was announced yesterday. Health minister JP Nadda in a written reply in the Rajya Sabha said the ministry has accepted the recommendations of the committee.
Dozens killed in east DR Congo clashes
About 100 people were slaughtered last week in a fresh massacre in the restive east of the Democratic Republic of Congo, blamed by the government on Uganda rebels, lawmakers told AFP on Monday. The carnage took place on Thursday near Beni in North Kivu province, where mainly Muslim Ugandan rebels have been blamed for killing more than 200 civilians in gruesome machete attacks since October.
Pak teen killed for listening to music!
A teenage Pakistani girl has been shot dead by her uncle following a row over loud music, police said yesterday. The incident happened Saturday in the in Punjab province's Chakwal district. The uncle asked Rehana, the victim, to lower the volume of music and when denied he killed her after a heated conversation, police said.
Morocco flash floods kill at least 32
The death toll from three days of what residents described as the heaviest storms to hit southern Morocco in decades has climbed to at least 32, authorities said on Monday. The storms since Saturday caused flash floods, but a weather alert was finally called off on Monday afternoon.