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Ukraine detains MP over parliament attack plot: prosecutor

KIEV: Ukrainian MP Nadiya Savchenko, once hailed as a symbol of resistance against Russia, was detained on Thursday over accusations she plotted a terrorist attack in Kiev, authorities said. "She was detained after the prosecutor general read out her indictment," the prosecutor's spokesman Andriy Lysenko told AFP by phone hours after lawmakers voted to lift Savchenko's immunity from prosecution. Savchenko had planned "a large-scale terrorist act in the centre of the Ukrainian capital," general prosecutor Yuriy Lutsenko…

Saudi Arabian prosecutor to hire women investigators for first time

RIYADH: The Saudi Arabian public prosecutor´s office said Monday it will recruit women as investigators for the first time, as the kingdom seeks to boost female employment under a reform plan for a post-oil era. "Vacancies are available in women´s positions on the staff of the public prosecution for the rank of lieutenant investigator," the office announced in a statement relayed by the information ministry. The announcement is in line with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman´s "Vision 2030" reform programme that seeks to…

Gunmen in Egypt mosque attack carried Islamic State flag, prosecutor says

CAIRO: Gunmen who attacked a mosque on Friday in Egypt’s North Sinai brandished an Islamic State flag as they opened fire through doorways and windows, killing more than 300 worshippers, including two dozen children, officials said on Saturday. No group has claimed responsibility, but Egyptian forces are battling a stubborn Islamic State affiliate in the region, one of the surviving branches of the militant group after it suffered defeats by U.S.-backed forces in Iraq and Syria. The assault on a mosque has stunned…

Terror bid foiled in Quetta

QUETTA: A terror bid was foiled in Quetta as bomb squad defused an explosive device near the home of a public prosecutor. According to details, police reached Sabzal Road after being informed regarding a suspicious package placed near the home of a public prosecutor named Ameer Hamza. Police surrounded the area and summoned the Bomb Disposal Squad (BDS). BDS arrived at scene and recovered the explosive, which weighed 15 to 20 kilograms, and successfully managed to defuse the bomb. The bomb was connected to a…

South Korea prosecutor seeks arrest of Samsung chief for bribery

SEOUL: South Korea's special prosecutor on Monday sought a warrant to arrest the head of Samsung Group, the country's largest conglomerate, accusing him of paying multi-million dollar bribes to a friend of President Park Geun-hye. Investigators had grilled Samsung Group chief Jay Y. Lee for 22 straight hours last week as a suspect in a corruption scandal, which last month led to parliament impeaching Park. The special prosecutor's office accused Lee of paying bribes total 43 billion won ($36.42 million) to organizations…