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Twin blasts outside Baghdad shopping mall kills 12, ISIS claims responsibility

Twin blasts outside Baghdad shopping mall kills 12, ISIS claims responsibility

A parked auto is believed to have been the source of one explosion, while the second was caused by an explosives-laden vehicle driven by a suicide bomber, a police colonel told AFP. The Islamic State (IS) group on Saturday claimed responsibility for two bomb explosions at a busy mall in the Iraqi capital of Baghdad that killed 11 people and wounded 29 others, the group said in an online statement.


Syrian rebel commander killed in airstrike

Syrian rebel commander killed in airstrike

On April 23, Majed Hussein al-Sadeq, the leader of the al-Qaeda-linked Ahrar al-Sham terrorist group, along with three other members of the militant outfit were killed in a bomb attack that targeted the Takfiri militants' headquarters in the northwestern Syrian province of Idlib.


Top Saudi cleric will not deliver hajj sermon

Top Saudi cleric will not deliver hajj sermon

Also for the first time, pilgrims will be given electronic bracelets storing personal and medical information that will help authorities provide care and identify people. The hajj draws rich and poor, whose common humanity is emphasised by the white garment that each man wears. Former Saudi official Nazer said terrorism is another threat authorities have taken into account while organising security for this year's pilgrimage .



North Korea says nukes are defence against US 'blackmail'

Yun expressed hopes that France, a permanent member of the U.S. Security Council, would actively engage in enacting strong resolutions against the North's nuclear threats. In a statement on Friday, Foreign Affairs Minister Stephane Dion said Canada "condemns in the strongest terms" the test. Gerard von Bohemen, New Zealand's Ambassador to the United Nations , announced after presiding over an emergency meeting of the Security Council in NY on Friday "appropriate measures" aimed at Pyongyang ...



John Hinckley Jr. leaves DC mental hospital for Virginia

FILE - John Hinckley (L) gets into his mother's vehicle in front of a recreation center during a sanctioned visit with her, in Williamsburg, Virginia, March 19, 2015. " It's not a matter of forgiveness but a matter of security ", said Joe Mann, a vocal critic of the release who lives about a half-mile from Hinckley's mother.


Int'l community voices strong condemnation of DPRK nuclear test

Int'l community voices strong condemnation of DPRK nuclear test

After a closed-door meeting on the matter, the United Nations Security Council on Friday issued a press statement, saying "a clear threat to global peace and security continues to exist" with the DPRK's latest test. The statement said China's stance has always been to achieve denuclearization on the Korean Peninsula, prevent nuclear proliferation and maintain peace and stability in Northeast Asia.