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TURKEY – Day of violence

ISTANBUL — Two women opened fire at the heavily protected US Consulate in Istanbul today, while assailants exploded a car bomb at a police station, then fired on police inspecting the scene, in a day of heavy violence in Turkey’s largest city. In the south-east of the country a roadside bomb killed four police officers, […]

AFGHANISTAN – Blast kills 15

KABUL –– A truck bomb exploded near an army compound in Kabul today, killing at least 15 people and wounding hundreds, police and government officials said, in the first major attack in the Afghan capital since the Taliban announced a new leader. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the explosion, which wounded people […]

JERUSALEM – Six stabbed at gay parade in Jerusalem

JERUSALEM –– An Orthodox Jew who stabbed marchers at a Jerusalem gay pride parade ten years ago launched another knife attack at the same type of parade in the same city today, stabbing and wounding six people who were on the streets for the event, police said. Video aired on Israel’s Channel 10 shows what […]

TURKEY – Safe haven

ISTANBUL/WASHINGTON –– Turkey and the United States are working on plans to provide air cover for Syrian rebels and jointly sweep Islamic State fighters from a strip of land along the Turkish border, bolstering the NATO member’s security and providing a safe haven for civilians. Long a reluctant member of the American-led coalition against Islamic State, […]

Turkey strikes back

ANKARA — In a major tactical shift, Turkish warplanes struck Islamic State group targets across the border in Syria today, a day after IS militants fired at a Turkish military outpost. A Syrian rights group said the air strikes killed nine IS fighters. Turkey, which straddles Europe and Asia and borders the Middle East, had […]

TURKEY – Blasts rock rally

DIYARBAKIR –– Two blasts ripped through a Kurdish rally in Turkey today, killing two people and injuring more than 100 two days before a general election, and the prime minister said it was unclear if the explosions were accidental or an attack. The explosions occurred as tens of thousands of people gathered for the pro-Kurdish […]

World – Man kills family of ten after failed proposal

PAKISTAN –– A man killed his uncle, aunt and their eight children after the uncle refused to let him marry his daughter, Pakistani police said. Gul Ahmed Said is accused of shooting and killing the family of ten in the Charsadda district of northern Pakistan on Sunday, district police officer Shafiullah Khan said. The quarrel […]