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Messi nets 2 goals as Barcelona beats Bayern Munich 3-0 in first leg of Champions League semi-finals

(By Estera Popowska)  

Lione Messi scored twice Wednesday night as his Barcelona side thumped Bayern Munich 3-0 in the first leg of their Champions League semi final at the Nou Camp.

According to live reports, Lionel Messi scored two outstanding goals and set up Neymar to add another in injury time as Barcelona handed Bayern Munich and former coach Pep Guardiola a large defeat.

UN chief askes Ugandan president to intervene in Burundi crisis-State House

(By Estera Popowska)

A statement from Uganda’s State House issued on Tuesday said United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has asked Ugandan President Museveni to intervene and help avert a degeneration of the political crisis in Burundi sparked off by its leader Pierre Nkurunziza’s move to extend his stay in power.

Daily Monitor says the UN's  request came hours before the Burundian Constitutional Court cleared President Nkurunziza to contest for a third term as president.

Afghanistan: Death by hanging for 4 men for ‘killing’ woman who ‘burnt copy of Koran’

(By Estera Popowska)

A court in Afghanistan has sentenced four men to death by hanging for their role in the mob killing of a woman in Kabul in March, officials said Wednesday. According to reports,  eight men were sentenced to 16 years in prison and 18 others found not guilty.

BBC says the 28-year-old woman called Farkhunda was beaten to death after being accused of burning a copy of the Koran, although witnesses say she did not, an incident that reportedly led to widespread protests against the treatment of women.

Germany: Police arrests 4 extremists targeting to attack mosques, asylum houses

(By Estera Popowska)

Four people who are suspected of founding a right-wing extremist group to attack mosques and housing for asylum seekers have been arrested by German authorities, VOA reported Wednesday.

The German officials reportedly announced the arrests Wednesday, saying they confiscated a stash of explosives during the raids as well.

Yemen: 32 civilians killed, 67 wounded on Wednesday shelling

(By Estera Popowska)

A shelling hit people trying to escape fighting in Yemen's southern city of Aden by sea on Wednesday killing  at least 32 civilians and injuring some 67 others, a health official said, AFP reported.

The official reportedly said  the shelling hit a small fishing harbour and a barge carrying civilians,  blaming Huthi rebels who have been trying to take control of Aden's Tawahi neighbourhood and clashing with forces loyal to exiled President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi.

Kenya: Raiders kill 46 people in Northwestern Region

(By Estera Popowska)

At least 46 people were killed and several others wounded by raiders, Kenyan authorities said Tuesday adding that security has been beefed up along the restive Turkana- Pokot border in northwest region following the incident.

The incident took place on Monday after a raid by bandits believed to be from Turkana on a village in Nadome area on the Turkana-East Pokot border, Rift Valley Regional Commissioner Osman Warfa said while confirming the deaths according to Xinhua.

Burundi: Top Judge flees country amidst mass protests

(By Estera Popowska)

In a bizarre incident, Burundi’s vice-president of the constitutional court  fled the country Monday, Daily Nation reported. According to reports, the judge was about to decide on the legality of a hugely contested third term for President Pierre Nkurunziza.

A Burundian Judge Sylvere Nimpagaritse reportedly told AFP that the court's judges had come under "enormous pressure and even death threats" from senior figures, which he refused to name, to rubber-stamp the disputed candidature of the president.

Nepal: UN, EU in joint effort to support 1.7 million children affected by earthquake

(By Estera Popowska)

The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) and the European Union have reportedly partnered to send 40 metric tons of life-saving supplies to 1.7 million children affected by earthquake in Nepal.

A cargo plane carrying 40 metric tons of humanitarian supplies has already landed in Kathmandu on Tuesday morning. A second cargo plane, with another 40 metric tons of supplies will be arriving later this week, press release issued by UNICEF revealed.

Nepal: Looming despair as earthquake death toll reaches 7,557

(By Estera Popowska)

Nepal’s Ministry of Home affairs said on Tuesday that death toll from April 25 Nepal earthquake and aftershocks reached 7,557 and the number of injuries rose to 14,536.

According to Xinhua, some 10,718 government building were destroyed in the massive earthquake while 14,741 sustained partial damages. About 191,058 civilian houses have been flattened and 175,162 were partially devastated.

The district hit worst in the quake is Sindhupalchowk which recorded 2,911 causalities while Kathmandu witnessed 1,202 and Nuwakot 904, the ministry said.

Somalia: U.S Secretary of State makes surprise and historic visit to Somalia

(By Estera Popowska)

In what reports have called an historic move, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has made an unannounced trip to Somalia on Tuesday, VOA reported.

Mr. John Kerry’s visit to Somalia, though unannounced reportedly marked the first time a sitting U.S secretary of state has visited Somalia. Kerry arrived in Mogadishu, on Tuesday, for talks with Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud and Omar Abdirashid Ali Sharmarke, the country’s prime minister. He will also meet with three regional presidents and a civil society group during his brief visit to Somalia.