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In brief: Blasts by Nigeria oil depot kill 21, wound 17

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria – Multiple explosions occurred near an oil depot outside the northeast Nigerian city of Maiduguri on Tuesday and the military said soldiers blew up three vehicles laden with explosives.

A fourth vehicle exploded, apparently set off by a suicide bomber.

Fifteen civilians and six suicide bombers died while five soldiers and 12 civilians were wounded, said Defense Ministry spokesman Brig. Gen. Chris Olukolade. A surviving suicide bomber was arrested, he said. Eight vehicles were destroyed in addition to the ones carrying explosives.

Muslims not counted in Myanmar census

SITTWE, Myanmar – The U.N. agency helping Myanmar carry out its first census in decades said it was “deeply concerned” members of the long-persecuted Rohingya Muslim population were not being counted, accusing the government of going back on its word.

In village after village in the sectarian-torn state of Rakhine, enumerators were asking households to identify their ethnicity. When the answer was “Rohingya,” they said thank you, turned around and walked away.

Myanmar, a predominantly Buddhist nation of about 60 million, only recently emerged from a half-century of military rule. It held its last count in 1983 and experts say the information being gathered from March 30 to April 10 is crucial for national development and planning.

But the inclusion of questions about ethnicity and race – approved by the U.N. Population Fund – have been widely criticized. Experts warned they could inflame sectarian tensions.

Brazil will investigate human rights abuses

RIO DE JANEIRO – Brazil’s defense minister has agreed to investigate military facilities where human rights abuses are believed to have been committed during the country’s 21-year dictatorship, the National Truth Commission said Tuesday.

The announcement came a day after the 50th anniversary of the coup that launched the dictatorship in the South American nation, and as a melee on the floor of Congress forced the suspension of a special session marking the date.


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