Rebels in eastern Congo killed at least 34 civilians in overnight attacks, the latest in a series of deadly raids, a coalition of civil society groups said Sunday.
Members of the Allied Defense Forces attacked three villages around the town of Beni, according to the coalition from North Kivu province.
On his Twitter account, Martin Kobler, head of the U.N. peacekeeping mission in Congo, said Congolese forces and U.N. peacekeepers were in the area Sunday.
More than 250 people have been killed in attacks around Beni in the past two months, according to the civil society coalition.
Eastern Congo is home to myriad armed groups and militias, many vying for control of the region’s vast mineral resources.
— Associated Press
Indian police Sunday arrested an Uber cabdriver suspected of raping a passenger and said they would take legal action against the U.S. online taxi service, which they said did not run background checks on the driver.
The alleged victim, a 26-year-old woman, reported that she was sexually assaulted and beaten after hailing a ride home with the driver Friday in south Delhi.
Uber said it had suspended the driver over the allegations and provided Indian authorities with “all relevant details,” such as driver, vehicle and trip information.
The company has faced critical news coverage over its driver screening in the United States.
Two Saudi women detained nearly a week ago for violating the kingdom’s ban on driving by women were ordered held for 25 more days Sunday, a relative said.
The women, arrested after driving into Saudi Arabia from the United Arab Emirates, are supporters of a grass-roots campaign that opposes the ban.
Organizers of the campaign say the ban underpins wider issues regarding guardianship laws in Saudi Arabia, which give men powerful sway over women’s lives.
The kingdom’s hard-line interpretation of Islam holds that letting women drive encourages licentiousness.
Human Rights Watch said it is not clear whether the women will face criminal charges. There was no official Saudi comment.
— Associated Press
Saudi police arrest 135 terror suspects: Saudi Arabia’s Interior Ministry said police arrested 135 people suspected of links to terrorist groups. A ministry spokesman said 26 of the detainees were foreigners, including 16 Syrians. Some allegedly received weapons training, fought in conflicts abroad and were plotting attacks. Others are accused of smuggling weapons and helping to raise money for terror groups.
70 dead as African migrant boat capsizes: Security officials in Yemen said a boat carrying African migrants capsized off the country’s western coast, killing 70. They said that most of the migrants were from Ethiopia and that the boat sank because of high winds and waves in the Red Sea.
U.S. hands over Taliban commander to Pakistan: The U.S. military in Afghanistan handed over three Pakistani detainees to Islamabad, including a long-sought senior Taliban commander. The transfer of Latif Mehsud, a confidant of a former head of the Pakistani Taliban, underlines improving ties among the United States, Pakistan and Afghanistan.
Nigeria jailbreak frees more than 200 inmates: Gunmen have freed more than 200 prisoners in Nigeria’s latest jailbreak, police said. Police recaptured at least 10 of the escapees, Deputy Superintendent Ibrahim Gambari said. The attack in Niger state was the third in two months in the nation. The Islamist militant group Boko Haram is blamed for the earlier jailbreaks.
— From news services