The father of one of the two men killed after opening fire in a failed attack on a Texas exhibit of cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad said someone coerced his son into committing the crime, the Dallas Morning News reported on Wednesday. U.S. officials were looking into claims made by the Syria- and Iraq-based Islamic State that "two soldiers of the caliphate" carried out the attack on Sunday in Garland, a suburb of Dallas. Roommates Elton Simpson and Nadir Soofi of Phoenix were fatally shot by a Garland police officer outside the center. "Someone pushed him into this situation," Azam Soofi said in the written statement.
The Central African Republic will take legal action against the French soldiers accused of raping children in exchange for food at a refugee camp, the country's justice minister said Wednesday. "Legal action will be pursued... These are still very serious acts," said Justice Minister Aristide Sokambi, insisting his nation was not targeting France but individual soldiers. French troops were deployed to the Central African Republic in December 2013 to help African Union peacekeepers restore order after a bout of sectarian bloodletting triggered by a civil war.
The Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) announced on Wednesday that it intends to suspend all competitions from May 16 in a dispute with the Spanish government over a new law introduced to regulate the sale of television rights. The RFEF said in a statement it will "suspend competitions of all categories starting from May 16 indefinitely". If there is no resolution to the dispute, the key May 17 title clash between Barcelona and Atletico Madrid would fall victim to the stoppage.