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Bulgarian reporter found raped, murdered in Ruse

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A Bulgarian journalist Viktoria Marinova who had been reporting on alleged corruption linked to European Union funds was found raped and murdered on Saturday. 

The 30-year-old journalist was found dead in a park in Ruse, a town in the far north, along the border of Romania, Reuters reported. 

Marinova had worked at the Ruse-based TV station TVN as a reporter. She had hosted a recently-launched program, interviewing investigative journalists about alleged corruption between businessman and politicians involving EU funds.  

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In reaction to the news, Bulgarian interior minister Mladen Marinov denied that Marinova’s murder was linked to her reporting, and said there was no evidence she had been threatened.  “It is about rape and murder,” Marinov said.  



A reporter from TVN told AFP, “We are in shock. In no way, under any form, never have we received any threats – aimed at her or the television.”  But that assertion was contradicted by Asen Yordanov, the owner of the investigative website, bivol.bg, who told AFP that he had received information that his reporters were in danger of being assaulted.  He said Marinova was linked to bivol.bg’s investigations because its reporters had appeared on her show. “Viktoria’s death, the brutal manner in which she was killed, is an execution,” Yordanov said. “It was meant to serve as an example, something like a warning.”  

Marinova is the third journalist murdered in the EU within the last year. According to the Reporters Without Borders world press freedom index, Bulgaria ranks lower than other EU member.

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Martin O’Neill, Roy Keane part ways with Republic of Ireland team.

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Manager Martin O’Neill and his assistant Roy Keane have parted company with the Republic of Ireland.




The pair took over the reins in 2013 and guided the Republic to the last 16 of the 2016 European Championships.

However, they did not win a competitive game in 2018 and were relegated from Uefa Nations League Group B4.

“I thank Martin, Roy, and the management team for the impact they had,” said Football Association of Ireland (FAI) chief John Delaney.

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“There have been many highlights during Martin’s reign – none more so than Euro 2016 in France, which will live long in the memory of all Irish supporters.”

O’Neill, who leaves alongside his backroom team of Keane, Steve Guppy and goalkeeping coach Seamus McDonagh, signed a contract extension in January to remain as manager until 2020.

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Uganda: Rakai District councilor apprehended for defiling 13-year-old girl

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Police in Rakai District have arrested a councilor representing one of the Sub Counties to Rakai District council on allegations of defiling a 13-year-old girl.



According to the girl’s aunt, the girl who was a day scholar at Buyamba Senior Secondary School in Rakai District, did not return home on Friday last week and was discovered by police in one of the trading centres on Monday this week.
“We started looking for this girl on Friday evening and reported the matter to Police. We were so bothered until Police contacted us on Monday that they had got her in the trading centre,” the aunt said.

It is reported that the girl spent three days with the councilor in one of the lodges in the trading centre until Police found them on Monday.

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The councilor has been on the education committee at Rakai District local council since 2016. 
“I can’t believe a leader whom our children could emulate is the one behaving this way. I pray authorities do their work without fear or favour so that we get the right judgment,” the girl’s father said.

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Dr Herbert Kalema, a medical lab officer at Masaka referral hospital said the results from the tests confirmed that the girl had been defiled and was yet to release results of HIV tests as at the time of filing the report.

Mr Grace Mutono, the Kyotera District Police Commander confirmed the councilor’s arrest, saying they have already commenced investigating the matter.

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