A Nigerian air strike that killed more than 70 people and wounded at least 120 in a refugee camp hit areas of a town that were densely populated, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said on Thursday, citing reviews of satellite images. The New York-based group said the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) should have known the area targeted was filled with civilians. The NAF declined to comment and said it was studying the report.
An unexpectedly weak December dragged on British retail sales growth in the fourth quarter of last year, although consumers still spent strongly over the October-December period as a whole. Shoppers have driven Britain's economy since June's referendum decision to leave the European Union, just as other sources of growth like investment and trade have lagged. Official data on Friday showed retail sales volumes dropped 1.9 percent month-on-month in December, far below economists' forecasts in a Reuters poll for a 0.1 percent decline and the biggest fall since April 2012.