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By Drum Digital
15 January 2014

Another school shooting in the US.

New Mexico shooting

The shooting occurred early Tuesday morning at Berrendo Middle School in the city of Roswell.

The preteen shooter who opened fire inside a crowded middle school gym with a shotgun may have warned some students not to go to school before the attack, police in New Mexico said.

The revelation is part of the many angles police are looking into after Tuesday's shooting that left two students wounded, a New Mexico community stunned and a nation again wondering about the safety of our school children.

"We have preliminary information that possibly some of the students were warned by the individual prior to the shooting not to go to school," said New Mexico State Police Chief Pete Kassetas during a news conference Tuesday night.

Bomb attacks kill 52 in Iraq, PM calls for world's support

Bomb attacks hit the Iraqi capital Baghdad and a village near the northern town of Baquba on Wednesday, killing at least 52 people, police and hospital sources said.

In the deadliest incident, a bomb blew up in a funeral tent where mourners were marking the death two days ago of a Sunni Muslim pro-government militiaman, police said. It killed 18 people and wounded 16 in Shatub, a village south of Baquba.

Two years after U.S. troops left Iraq, violence has climbed back to its highest levels since the Sunni-Shi'ite bloodshed of 2006-2007, when tens of thousands of people were killed.

- Reuters

Obasanjo threatens to quit

Former Nigerian president Olusegun Obasanjo says he will "consider withdrawing" from the country's governing party until it gets rid of a top financier wanted in the US for alleged drug trafficking.

The political bombshell in the run up to 2015 presidential elections comes in a letter dated 7 January and leaked to reporters Saturday.

- AP

Hearing adjourned for 4 suspects in Kenya mall attack

The hearing of four defendants suspected in the Westgate Mall terror attack in Nairobi last year has been adjourned until Thursday.

The hearing had been under way for only a couple of hours before the adjournment. The hearing was to determine if there was enough evidence to take the four men to trial.

All four suspects are believed to be from Somalia, but authorities said two had Kenyan identification cards and citizenship papers.


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