Munich mall shooting: what we know
Sat, 23 Jul 2016 12:45:53 -0400
Germany is reeling after a teenager went on a shooting spree at a Munich shopping mall, killing nine people and wounding 16 others before turning the gun on himself. The gunman, a German-Iranian named David Ali Sonboly, suffered depression and was obsessed with shooting sprees like the 2011 massacre by Norwegian rightwing fanatic Anders Behring Breivik. Officials stressed that Sonboly, 18, had no links with the Islamic State (IS) jihadist group.
Islamic State claims responsibility for Kabul attack, 80 dead
Sat, 23 Jul 2016 12:43:14 -0400
By Mirwais Harooni KABUL (Reuters) - Twin explosions tore through a demonstration by members of Afghanistan's mainly Shi'ite Hazara minority in Kabul on Saturday, killing at least 80 people and wounding more than 230 in a suicide attack claimed by Islamic State. Graphic television footage from the site of the attack showed many dead bodies lying on the bloodied road, close to where thousands of Hazara had been demonstrating over the route of a planned multimillion dollar power line. "Two fighters from Islamic State detonated explosive belts at a gathering of Shi'ites in the city of Kabul in Afghanistan," said a brief statement on the group's Amaq news agency.
Journalist who died in Ukraine car bombing buried in Belarus
Sat, 23 Jul 2016 12:41:13 -0400
MINSK, Belarus (AP) — Prominent journalist Pavel Sheremet, who died when his car was bombed in Ukraine, has been buried in his hometown of Minsk, Belarus.
Turkey's Erdogan shuts schools, charities in first state of emergency decree
Sat, 23 Jul 2016 12:38:24 -0400
By Gareth Jones and Ercan Gurses ISTANBUL/ANKARA (Reuters) - President Tayyip Erdogan tightened his grip on Turkey on Saturday, ordering the closure of thousands of private schools, charities and other institutions in his first decree since imposing a state of emergency after the failed military coup. Turkish authorities also detained a nephew of Fethullah Gulen, the U.S.-based Muslim cleric accused by Ankara of orchestrating the July 15 coup attempt, the Anadolu state news agency reported. A restructuring of Turkey's once untouchable military also drew closer, with a planned meeting between Erdogan and the already purged top brass brought forward by several days.
ACLU praises new Illinois limits on cellphone surveillance
Sat, 23 Jul 2016 12:37:25 -0400
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The American Civil Liberties Union is praising a new Illinois law that limits how police can use devices that collect cellphone data and track phone locations.
French leader to eye security all summer; Chunnel backs up
Sat, 23 Jul 2016 12:36:27 -0400
PARIS (AP) — French President Francois Hollande will reassess security measures once a week all summer amid fears of new violence after a deadly Bastille Day attack in Nice, and heightened French security checks were causing severe delays Saturday for those trying to cross the English Channel.
UN summer camps give respite to traumatised young Gazans
Sat, 23 Jul 2016 12:34:18 -0400
The UN is offering tens of thousands of children in the Gaza strip, traumatised by three wars with Israel since 2008, a summer break at play camps throughout the territory. Over three weeks, 165,000 children will attend camps offering play activities and access to psychologists, said Bo Schack of UNRWA, the United Nations agency responsible for Palestinian refugees.
The Latest: Author: Safety was focus of school shooting book
Sat, 23 Jul 2016 12:34:10 -0400
MUNICH (AP) — The Latest on the shootings in Munich (all times local):
80 dead as IS claims twin blasts during Kabul protest
Sat, 23 Jul 2016 12:31:43 -0400
Islamic State jihadists claimed responsibility for twin explosions Saturday that ripped through crowds of Shiite Hazaras in Kabul, killing at least 80 people and wounding 231 others in the deadliest attack in the Afghan capital since 2001. The bombings during a huge protest over a power line mark the first major IS assault on the Afghan capital, apparently aimed at sowing sectarian discord in a country well known for Shia-Sunni harmony.
Hacked emails show Democratic party hostility to Sanders
Sat, 23 Jul 2016 12:30:15 -0400
WASHINGTON (AP) — A cache of more than 19,000 emails from Democratic party officials, leaked in advance of Hillary Clinton's nomination at the party's convention next week in Philadelphia, details the acrimonious split between the Democratic National Committee and Clinton's former rival, Sen. Bernie Sanders.