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Twin bombing outside Istanbul soccer stadium kills 29, wounds 166

A damaged vehicle is seen after a blast in IstanbulBy Humeyra Pamuk and Murad Sezer ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Two bombs exploded less than a minute apart, killing 29 people and wounding 166 outside a soccer stadium in Istanbul on Saturday night, in a co-ordinated attack on police shortly after a match between two of Turkey's top teams. Forty-five seconds later, a suspect wearing explosives detonated them while surrounded by police in an adjacent park, Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmus told a news conference. President Tayyip Erdogan described the blasts as a terrorist attack on police and civilians.

Sat, 10 Dec 2016 22:10:59 -0500
North Korea's Kim guides special operations drill targeting South

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un guides the combat drill of the service personnel of the special operation battalion of KPA Unit 525 in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) in PyongyangNorth Korean leader Kim Jong Un guided a special operations drill targeting the South, the North's media reported on Sunday, as rival South Korea remained on alert for any attempt by the North to take advantage of political turmoil in the South. The North's KCNA state news agency report did not say when North Korean forces conducted the combat exercise, nor did it mention the South Korean parliament's vote on Friday to impeach its president, Park Geun-hye. Pictures in a Sunday report on the exercise in the North's Rodong Sinmun newspaper showed what appeared to be a mockup of South Korea's presidential Blue House as a target.

Sat, 10 Dec 2016 23:49:52 -0500
Islamic State militants enter Palmyra after heavy fighting: monitor

A Syrian national flag flutters as the ruins of the historic city of Palmyra are seen in the background, in Homs GovernorateBy Suleiman Al-Khalidi AMMAN (Reuters) - Islamic State militants on Saturday captured most of Palmyra after breaking through Syrian army defenses and securing the heights around the ancient city in eastern Syria following a surprise assault, a monitoring group and rebels said. The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights expressed concern over the safety of civilians inside the city because many of them are pro-government supporters. The war monitor and rebels familiar with military operations in the area said that with the exception of southern areas most of the city was now in the hands of the militants who had waged an attack on several fronts.

Sat, 10 Dec 2016 15:38:50 -0500
Taiwan says China air force conducts long-range drills

Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen speaks on the phone with U.S. president-elect Donald Trump at her office in TaipeiChinese military aircraft on Saturday flew over waterways near Taiwan as part of long-range exercises, Taiwan said, the first such flights since a telephone call between Taiwan's leader and U.S. President-elect Donald Trump irked China. China claims self-ruled Taiwan as its own and has never renounced the use of force to take back what it deems a wayward province. Trump's call with Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen on Dec. 2 was the first between a U.S. president-elect or president and a Taiwan leader since President Jimmy Carter switched diplomatic recognition to China from Taiwan in 1979.

Sun, 11 Dec 2016 00:10:23 -0500
Car bomb explodes outside Somalia capital Mogadishu's port, three killed: police

MOGADISHU (Reuters) - A suicide car bomb went off at the entrance of Somalia's biggest port in its capital Mogadishu on Sunday, killing at least three people, police said. "So far, three civilians have died and seven others were injured," Major Abdikadi Ahmed, a police officer investigating the attack, told Reuters. "The death toll may rise. There were porters and public vehicles queuing outside the gate when the blast occurred," he added. (Reporting by Abdi Sheikh; Writing by Aaron Maasho; Editing by Sam Holmes)

Sun, 11 Dec 2016 00:32:57 -0500
Italy president pledges to solve government crisis fast

The Italian Carabinieri band performs before President Sergio Mattarella starts consultations at the Quirinale Palace in RomeBy Antonella Cinelli and Isla Binnie ROME (Reuters) - Italian President Sergio Mattarella pledged on Saturday to act quickly to solve a government crisis prompted by Matteo Renzi's resignation as prime minister, with all major parties calling for elections as soon as possible. Before any vote can take place, however, Italy needs a new electoral law. Foreign Minister Paolo Gentiloni appears to be in pole position to be nominated by Mattarella sometime in the next 48 hours to head the next government and oversee that reform.

Sat, 10 Dec 2016 15:03:11 -0500
South Korea prosecutors charge two former senior Park officials: media

Protesters hold candles during a rally against South Korean President Park Geun-Hye in central SeoulSouth Korean prosecutors have indicted a former senior presidential aide and a former vice culture minister as part of an investigation of a corruption scandal that led to President Park Geun-hye's impeachment in parliament, media said on Sunday. Park's former senior economic aide, Cho Won-dong, was charged with colluding with the president over attempting to pressure a South Korean conglomerate to dismiss the group's vice chairman, the Yonhap News Agency reported. Former vice culture minister Kim Chong was indicted on charges of abuse of power and coercion, Yonhap and other outlets reported.

Sun, 11 Dec 2016 00:52:13 -0500
Mares claims split decision over Cuellar, featherweight belt

LOS ANGELES (AP) Abner Mares raised his hands in victory right before the final bell, and he dropped to his knees in relief moments later. A few months after his boxing career appeared to be in jeopardy, he was a champion again.

Sun, 11 Dec 2016 00:40:49 -0500
World champ Terence Crawford stops John Molina in 8th round

Terence 'Bud' Crawford is declared winner over John Molina Jr. after a WBO junior welterweight boxing bout at the CenturyLink Center in Omaha, Neb., Saturday, Dec. 10, 2016. Crawford won by TKO in the eighth round (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)OMAHA, Neb. (AP) Unbeaten world champion Terence "Bud" Crawford stopped John Molina in the eighth round to end a dominating performance and a dominating year.

Sun, 11 Dec 2016 00:51:33 -0500
John Kerry given France's highest honour

US Secretary of State John Kerry smiles after being awarded the Grand Officier de la Legion d'Honneur (Grand Officer of the Legion of Honor) medal, at the Quai d'Orsay in Paris, on December 10, 2016US Secretary of State John Kerry has been given the Legion d'Honneur, France's highest honour, with his French counterpart calling him "the most French of American officials". At a ceremony in Paris on Saturday, French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault also said the top US diplomat was a "tireless champion of peace". "Francophone, Francophile, you are certainly the most French of American officials" Ayrault said.

Sun, 11 Dec 2016 00:33:47 -0500
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