Suicide bomber at bus station kills 16, wounds 30

A teenage female suicide bomber blew herself up at crowded bus station in northeast Nigeria on Sunday, killing at least 16 and wounding 30 others.

Most of the victims were children who had either been selling peanuts or begging for money at the time of the explosion, said witnesses.

The bomber managed to get through the security check at the entrance to the bus station in Damaturu and detonated herself at 1 p.m..

No one has yet claimed responsibility for the bombing but it fits the pattern of violence by Boko Haram.

CAIRO, Egypt

New trial of ex-president Morsi charges espionage

A new trial for Egypt’s ousted ex-president opened Sunday in Cairo, with prosecutors accusing him of espionage and leaking confidential information to Qatar.

The hearing was swiftly adjourned and a new date set for Feb. 28 after the court ruled that the defense should consult with Mohammed Morsi and the other 10 defendants in the case. Prosecutors say the other defendants are members of Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhood group, which was banned after the army overthrew him.

“I am the legitimate president … and this trial is a farce,” said Morsi at the Cairo Criminal Court. The other defendants denied the charges.

KIEV, Ukraine

Cease-fire’s first day reports sporadic fire

The battlefields of eastern Ukraine fell mostly silent Sunday as a shaky cease-fire went into effect, but the Russia-backed separatists and the Ukrainian government accused the other of sporadic small-arms and mortar fire.

“It is the first day in recent weeks that no reports came of artillery or missile fire along the entire front line in the region,” said Vyacheslav Abroskin, head of the Donetsk region police.

However, he said: “Our police and army checkpoints were shot at many times…. We responded with fire.”


Armed carjacker flees: he can’t drive stick shift

Police in Northern California say an armed carjacker bailed when he couldn’t drive a stick shift.

Concord police Lt. Tim Runyon said the owner got into his car early Sunday to find the carjacker in the passenger seat, apparently in the middle of a burglary.

Runyon says the carjacker later tried to drive off, but gave up when he couldn’t operate the manual transmission.

– From news service reports