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Car bombs explode in Libya's Derma, at least 6 killed
BENGHAZI, Libya (Reuters) - At least six people were killed and 10 others wounded when several car bombs exploded in the Libyan city of Derna, a medical source said on Friday. Derna has been caught in fighting between Islamic State militants, rival Islamist fighters and armed forces with the country's internationally recognized government. The eastern port city is just one front in a multi-sided conflict in the North African country, where two rival governments and various armed groups are fighting for control four years after the fall of Muammar Gaddafi.
Sat, 04 Jul 2015 07:35:39 -0400
Rockets land in Israel, Egypt's IS affiliate claims responsibility
By Maayan Lubell and Mostafa Hashem JERUSALEM/CAIRO (Reuters) - Militants in Egypt's Sinai peninsula fired rockets into southern Israel on Friday in an incident that caused no casualties but appeared to be linked to fighting between Islamist insurgents and Egyptian security forces. Islamic State's Egypt affiliate, Sinai Province, said in a statement posted on Twitter by supporters that it had launched three Grad rockets towards "occupied Palestine". An Israeli military source earlier said the rockets had been fired from Sinai, which borders Israel, the Gaza Strip and the Suez Canal.
Sat, 04 Jul 2015 07:32:31 -0400
Greek finance minister accuses creditors of 'terrorism', on eve of referendum
Greece braced itself Saturday ahead of a make-or-break bailout referendum as polls showed the 'Yes' and 'No' camps neck and neck and uncertainty rose over the future of the country's battered economy. Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras got a rock-star welcome at an Athens rally late Friday as he sought to revive support for a 'No' vote in a referendum called to strengthen his hand in talks with international creditors. In an interview published Saturday the outspoken Varoufakis accused Athens's creditors of "terrorism".
Sat, 04 Jul 2015 07:30:23 -0400
Suspected Boko Haram insurgents step up attacks in Nigeria
By Lanre Ola MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (Reuters) - Suspected Boko Haram insurgents attacked the outskirts of a state capital in northeastern Nigeria on Friday, escalating their attacks after a week of bloodletting in which more than 150 people were killed, military sources said. Heavy gunfire was heard coming from the fringes of Maiduguri, the capital of Bornoa state, for about half an hour on Friday evening. Military sources said insurgents attacked a village on the edge of the city but were repulsed. Sat, 04 Jul 2015 07:28:32 -0400
Spain arrests Moroccan accused of distributing Islamic State propaganda
Spanish police arrested a Moroccan man in the north eastern city of Badalona on Saturday accused of distributing militant Islamist propaganda across social networks, the Interior Ministry said. In a statement, the ministry said the man was a supporter of Islamic State militants and had called for jihad on two fronts. "On one side, the call for Muslims to go to Syria and Iraq and form part of the self-proclaimed caliphate and, on the other, for those that cannot travel, autonomous terrorist acts in their respective countries of origin or residence," it said.
Sat, 04 Jul 2015 07:24:28 -0400
Lawmakers reject bid to sack Madagascar prime minister
Lawmakers in Madagascar rejected a bid to sack the prime minister and cabinet late on Friday as lawmakers, ending an effort that threatened further turmoil in a country still recovering from a 2009 coup. The leader of the main opposition group Mapar, Jean Max Rakotomamonjy, said that 95 of 112 lawmakers voted in favor of the sacking, but the number fell short of the two-thirds majority required. Prime Minister Jean Ravelonarivo took office in January after public frustration with power cuts, rampant unemployment and a stagnant economy forced out the previous administration. Sat, 04 Jul 2015 07:21:04 -0400
Syrian troops and Hezbollah attack border mountain resort
DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) Syrian troops backed by members of Lebanon's Hezbollah group began a major offensive Saturday under the cover of intense airstrikes to retake a rebel-held mountain resort while opposition fighters retaliated by shelling the capital Damascus. Sat, 04 Jul 2015 07:19:11 -0400
Heatwave grips Tour de France start city
The Dutch city of Utrecht where the Tour de France starts on Saturday is officially in the grip of a sweltering heatwave, Dutch meteorologists said, urging spectators to take proper precautions. Temperatures for a fifth day soared past the 30 degree Celsius (86 degrees Fahrenheit) mark, "making the heatwave official," Royal Dutch Meteorology Institute (KNMI) chief spokesman Cees Molenaars told AFP. Molenaars said the KNMI was particularly concerned about the hundreds-of-thousands of Tour spectators expected to stream to the central city of Utrecht and urged people to take necessary precautions including drinking plenty of water.
Sat, 04 Jul 2015 07:18:18 -0400
France's Hollande says ready to hold new summit on Boko Haram
French President Francois Hollande said on Friday he is ready to organise a new summit of nations fighting Boko Haram, a militant group that has suffered defeats in recent months in its campaign to forge an Islamist state in northeastern Nigeria. Hollande was speaking after talks in the capital of Cameroon with President Paul Biya. Cameroon is part of a regional group of nations including Nigeria, Niger and Chad that began a campaign against Boko Haram this year.
Sat, 04 Jul 2015 07:12:51 -0400
U.S. marks July Fourth amid worries over security, sharks, wildfires
The Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Bureau of Investigation have issued an alert asking local authorities and the public to remain vigilant for possible threats following recent calls for violence by Islamic State leaders. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo ordered increased monitoring statewide for the holiday weekend under the direction of the New York Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services. In New York City, the nation's biggest police force assigned about 7,000 officers and nearly all its counterterrorism personnel to handle security around Independence Day events.
Sat, 04 Jul 2015 07:07:15 -0400