March 8th, 2010
06:41 AM ET

World update: Attackers kill hundreds in Nigeria

An update from London on some of the stories that our reporters are following that we're expecting to develop through the day on Monday:

Nigeria killings - Hundreds are dead after an attack on a predominantly Christian group in central Nigeria on Sunday. The attackers, described as a "roving bands of killers," are reported to have killed up to 485 people in the town of Dogo Nahauwa, just south of Jos. The victims are predominantly Derom, an ethnic group that mostly practices Christianity.  The killers are reported to belong to the Muslim Hausa-Fulani ethnic group. Read the full story

Iraq election – Votes are being counted in Iraq after Sunday's nationwide parliamentary elections - a count which may take several days. A coalition government looks likely again, but there will be important signs of Iraq's future in the turnout and the result: How closely aligned with Islamic conservatives, or how secular? How much participation from Sunni candidates in the new government, and how much influence from Iran? And with the withdrawal of U.S. combat forces by the middle of the year, what will Iraqi security look like?

Turkey quake - A pre-dawn earthquake destroyed homes and killed at least 51 people in a mountainous region of southeastern Turkey. About 71 others were injured when the magnitude-5.8 earthquake struck.

India women - India's parliament is voting on a landmark bill reserving one-third of seats for women, with the government confident it can pass legislation that has been stalled for 14 years. The Women Reservation Bill is to be introduced in the upper house on Monday - International Women's Day - before being considered by the decision-making lower house at a later date.

Belgium terror trial - The trial begins in Belgium of nine terrorism suspects alleged to have links to al Qaeda. The key suspect is Malika El Aroud, who is accused of being on the verge of launching a terrorist attack just ahead of her arrest - hours before a Brussels European Union summit in December 2008. El Aroud is the widow of a man involved in the killing of an anti-Taliban warlord in Afghanistan two days before the 9/11 attacks. Nic Robertson is following the story.

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