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New York police report blast near Times Square

Monday, 11 December 2017

Four people were injured Monday in the blast that rocked a subway station in the heart of Manhattan, in what the city’s mayor said was an "attempted terrorist attack." The blast – which took place in the station at the Port Authority bus terminal, not far from New York's iconic Times Square – sparked commuter panic and travel disruptions. The bomb rattled a city still scarred by the devastating September 11 attacks, and a truck attack in October that left eight dead ...

Fire in southern California threatening another city

Monday, 11 December 2017

A fierce wildfire raged on north of Los Angeles Sunday, threatening other towns after already charring vast swaths of land, but other blazes were largely contained after burning for days.The so-called Thomas fire is only 15 percent contained, now threatening the city of Santa Barbara and the nearby coastal town of Carpinteria, and is on track to become one of the worst wildfires in California history. It has already destroyed 600 structures and scorched 173,000 acres (70,000 hectares), the ...

Pakistan says over 300 Baloch separatist militants surrender

Monday, 11 December 2017

More than 300 Baloch separatist militants have surrendered over the past few months, Pakistani government officials said, after a ceremony to mark the downing of guns and militants’ return to civilian life. The surrenders are part of government efforts to end a decade-long insurgency in the southwestern Baluchistan province by offering amnesties and financial rewards to soldiers and commanders to help them re-integrate into the society. In a high-profile ceremony on the lawn of the ...

British foreign secretary raises detainee’s case in Iran talks

Sunday, 10 December 2017

British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson raised the case of a detained dual national on Sunday when he met with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani during a “worthwhile” two-day trip to Tehran. The British Foreign Office says Johnson raised the case of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, 39, who is serving a five-year prison sentence for allegedly plotting against Iran’s government. The Foreign Office said both Johnson and Rouhani “spoke forthrightly” during their nearly ...

Three held after attempted arson attack at Swedish synagogue

Sunday, 10 December 2017

Three people were arrested early on Sunday after an attempted arson attack at a synagogue in the Swedish city of Gothenburg, a spokeswoman for the Swedish Prosecution Authority said. There were no reports of injuries and the fire did not reach the synagogue or an adjacent meeting house where Jewish youths had gathered when the attack took place late on Saturday, Swedish media reported. The spokeswoman gave no motive for the attack. It was not clear if it was linked to the US recognition of ...

Uber agrees to settle US lawsuit filed by India rape victim

Saturday, 9 December 2017

Uber Technologies Inc has agreed to settle a US civil lawsuit filed by a woman who accused top executives of improperly obtaining her medical records after a company driver raped her in India, according to a court filing on Friday. In a criminal case in India, the Uber driver was convicted of the rape, which occurred in Delhi in 2014, and sentenced in 2015 to life in prison. The Indian woman also settled a civil US lawsuit against Uber in 2015, but sued the company ...

Obama invokes Nazi Germany in plea to avoid complacency

Saturday, 9 December 2017

Former US president Barack Obama has urged American voters to remain engaged, using the example of Nazi Germany as a cautionary tale about the dangers of complacency."We get complacent and assume that things continue as they have been, just automatically, and they don't," Obama said in comments at a conference in Chicago, footage of which was available Friday on social media."You have to tend to this garden of democracy -- otherwise, things can fall apart fairly quickly. And we've ...

Trump Mideast advisor Dina Powell leaving white house

Saturday, 9 December 2017

President Donald Trump's deputy national security advisor, Dina Powell, is leaving the post early next year, the White House said Friday.The Egyptian-born Powell, a top advisor on Middle East policy and a fluent Arabic speaker, has been part of Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner's effort to revive the Israeli-Palestinian peace process.The announcement of her departure comes just two days after Trump declared official US recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, a widely criticized move that ...

14 UN peacekeepers killed and 40 wounded in Congo attack

Friday, 8 December 2017

Fourteen United Nations peacekeepers have been killed and more than 40 were wounded in an attack in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, UN officials said on Friday, speaking on the condition of anonymity. Jean-Pierre Lacroix, the UN's Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, said he was “outraged” by the attack Thursday evening in North Kivu province. He said on Twitter that medical evacuations were ongoing from the scene. He did not identify the attackers. The UN ...

Macron, Tillerson meet in Paris to support Lebanese PM Hariri

Friday, 8 December 2017

Lebanon’s prime minister appealed for support for his country from world powers on Friday at a summit convened by France to bolster Lebanon’s institutions as it emerges from a bizarre political crisis with regional and international implications. Just before the gathering got underway, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson expressed America’s backing for Lebanon’s “sovereignty, stability and independence,” while French President Emmanuel Macron called on Mideast ...

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