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German-Iranian gunman kills nine in Munich, then himself: police
The entrance of a McDonalds restaurant is seen near the Olympia shopping mall, where yesterday's shooting rampage started, in MunichBy Karin Strohecker, Jens Hack and Joern Poltz MUNICH (Reuters) - An 18-year-old German-Iranian gunman who apparently acted alone opened fire near a busy shopping mall in Munich on Friday evening, killing at least nine people in the third attack on civilians in Western Europe in eight days. As authorities sought to piece together the circumstances of an attack behind which they had found no immediate evidence of an Islamist motive, Munich police said they would hold a 0930 GMT (5.30 am ET) news conference. Chancellor Angela Merkel is due to meet her chief of staff Peter Altmaier, Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere and intelligence officials on Saturday to review the incident.
Sat, 23 Jul 2016 04:56:42 -0400
Heavy rain in China kills at least 87, thousands evacuated
A woman cries as she holds a pig rescued from a flooded farm in XiaoganHeavy rain in China has killed at least 87 people and forced thousands from their homes, state media reported on Saturday. Seventy-two people have been killed and 78 are missing in the northern province of Hebei after rain triggered floods and landslides, the Xinhua news agency reported, citing the civil affairs department. In the central province of Henan, 15 people were killed and eight were missing after thunderstorms and strong winds forced 72,000 people from their homes and damaged 18,000 houses, Altogether about 8.6 million people have been affected by the flooding, according state media and local government reports.
Sat, 23 Jul 2016 04:42:10 -0400
Turkey's Erdogan orders closure of more schools, extends detention period
News ImageTurkish President Tayyip Erdogan has ordered the closure of more than 1,000 private schools and extended the period in which some suspects can be detained without charge, in his first decree since declaring a three-month state of emergency. Erdogan declared the state of emergency late on Wednesday saying it would enable authorities to swiftly and effectively root out supporters of last weekend's failed military coup in which at least 246 people were killed. The state of emergency allows the president and government to pass laws without first having to win parliamentary support and also allows them to curb or suspend rights and freedoms as they deem necessary.
Sat, 23 Jul 2016 04:53:29 -0400
Islamic State said to shun withdrawal offer in surrounded Syrian city
News ImageIslamic State appeared to have shunned an offer for its fighters to withdraw safely from the Syrian city of Manbij and clashes with U.S.-backed forces raged ahead of its expiry, a spokesman for Washington-backed forces said on Saturday. The Syria Democratic Forces alliance, made up of Arab and Kurdish fighters and backed by the United States, made rapid advances against the jihadists last month after launching a campaign to flush them out of territory along the Turkish border, through which they had for years moved weapons and fighters. The SDF quickly surrounded Manbij, but the fight to take the city has been tougher, with slow advances inside it in recent weeks.
Sat, 23 Jul 2016 04:59:21 -0400
Malaysian police say bomb plot on top officers foiled, 14 held
Malaysian authorities said on Saturday they had foiled a bomb attack on top police officers and arrested 14 suspected Islamic State (IS) operatives in a week-long operation. The suspects included a senior IS member who is believed responsible for recruiting a Malaysian IS militant, Abu Ghani Yaacob, who was killed in Syria on April 17, Inspector-general of police Khalid Abu Bakar said in a statement. "Based on a search, police managed to seize one completed IED weighing one kilogram, for use in a planned attack on the top PDRM leadership," Khalid said in a statement, using the Malay acronym for the Royal Malaysian Police, and referring to an improvised explosive device, or bomb. Sat, 23 Jul 2016 03:50:40 -0400
Kerry's Syria plan with Russia faces deep skepticism in U.S., abroad
News ImageBy Yara Bayoumy, Jonathan Landay and John Walcott WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Skeptics in the U.S. government, European allies in the anti-Islamic State coalition and the main Syrian opposition, distrustful of Russia's intentions, are questioning Secretary of State John Kerrys latest proposal for closer U.S.-Russian cooperation against extremist groups in Syria. Several U.S. military and intelligence officials called the plan naive, and said Kerry risks falling into a trap that Russian President Vladimir Putin has laid to discredit the United States with moderate rebel groups and drive some of their fighters into the arms of Islamic State and other extremist groups.
Fri, 22 Jul 2016 20:28:17 -0400
Top Asian News 8:59 a.m. GMT
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) An official says a Russian balloonist has landed safely in the Australian Outback after claiming a new world record for flying solo around the world nonstop in 11 days. Flight coordinator John Wallington says Fedor Konyukhov landed on Saturday 160 kilometers (100 miles) east of the town of the Northam, where he started his journey on July 12 and about three hours after he flew over it on his return. Sat, 23 Jul 2016 05:00:01 -0400
Russian balloonist lands safely in Australia after 11 days
News ImageCANBERRA, Australia (AP) An official says a Russian balloonist has landed safely in the Australian Outback after claiming a new world record for flying solo around the world nonstop in 11 days.
Sat, 23 Jul 2016 04:59:44 -0400
Authorities in China say at least 112 dead, 91 missing from this week's torrential rains
BEIJING (AP) Authorities in China say at least 112 dead, 91 missing from this week's torrential rains. Sat, 23 Jul 2016 04:52:21 -0400
Iraq records hottest day so far this year in Basra city
BAGHDAD (AP) Iraq's state-run Meteorological Department says it has registered the record hottest day so far this year, with maximum temperatures hitting 53.9 degrees Celsius (129.02 Fahrenheit) in the southern city of Basra. Sat, 23 Jul 2016 04:49:23 -0400
Members of Afghan Hazara minority protest in Kabul over power line route
Demonstrators from Afghanistan's Hazara minority attend a protest in Kabul, AfghanistanBy Mirwais Harooni KABUL (Reuters) - Thousands of people from Afghanistan's Hazara minority demonstrated in the capital Kabul on Saturday to demand changes to the route of a planned multi-million dollar power transmission line. The demonstrators are demanding that the 500 kV transmission line from Turkmenistan to Kabul be rerouted through two provinces with large Hazara populations, an option the government says would cost millions and delay the badly needed project by years. Waving Afghan flags and chanting slogans like "Justice! Justice!" and "Death to discrimination!", demonstrators gathered near Kabul University, several kilometers from the main government area, which police sealed off.
Sat, 23 Jul 2016 04:44:09 -0400
'Lone' Munich shooter kills nine in mall rampage
News ImageThe gunman who went on a deadly rampage at a busy Munich shopping centre before committing suicide was a German-Iranian teenager who probably acted alone, police said Saturday. Nine people were killed and 16 wounded as the gunman brought terror to Germany's third largest city on Friday evening, the third attack on civilians in Europe in eight days. "Bloodbath in Munich," was the headline on the best-selling Bild newspaper as shockwaves reverberated across the continent.
Sat, 23 Jul 2016 04:30:29 -0400
Series of attacks may lead mall owners to increase security
News ImageNEW YORK (AP) Attacks such as the one in a Munich shopping mall and at a nearby McDonald's Friday may lead mall owners to increase their security or even persuade global brands to focus expansion plans on the U.S. rather than Europe.
Sat, 23 Jul 2016 04:30:02 -0400
Afghan capital locked down for large demonstration
News ImageKABUL, Afghanistan (AP) Main roads across the Afghan capital Kabul have been blocked by authorities as thousands of ethnic Hazaras marched on Saturday through the city demanding a planned power line be rerouted through their poverty-stricken province.
Sat, 23 Jul 2016 04:13:02 -0400
Clinton picks Tim Kaine, sturdy senator, for running mate
News ImageHillary Clinton tapped Tim Kaine, a popular Spanish-speaking senator from the swing state of Virginia, to be her running mate in the White House showdown against Donald Trump. The pick comes three days before the start of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, where Clinton -- and now Kaine -- will be elevated as the nominees to the party's presidential ticket.
Sat, 23 Jul 2016 03:54:30 -0400
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