Bamako/ German Chancellor Angela Merkel pledged more support to fight against drug and people smuggling from Mali, on the first day of a trip to Africa. She will try to work towards curbing future waves of migration and to repair her reputation at home. New Delhi/ Indian police are investigating the parents of a 13-year-old girl who died last week after undertaking a religious fast for 68 days. Police want to know if Aradhana Samdariya was forced to fast. Berlin/ German police said yesterday they captured a man suspected of planning a bomb attack. He had slipped through their grasp during a raid two days ago. Paris/ France will ask the ICC’s prosecutor to investigate war crimes committed by Syrian and Russian forces in eastern Aleppo. Johannesburg/ South Africa’s University of the Witwatersand said it reopened classes yesterday after clashes last week between police and student protesters demanding free education.