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Militant attacks in Egypt's Sinai kills 6: officials CAIRO: Militants fired rockets and set off a car bomb in Egypt's North Sinai Thursday, killing at least six military personnel, in the deadliest assault on security forces in recent weeks, officials said.The attacks, which also wounded 30 people, targeted the police headquarters of North Sinai in the provincial capital of El-Arish, a nearby military unit and a residential area housing army and police officers.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2015


Mexico mayor cuts maternity hospital death toll to two MEXICO CITY: Mexico City's mayor lowered the official death toll from a maternity hospital gas explosion to two people on Thursday after officials had earlier reported seven dead."At the moment we have confirmed that we only have two deaths. One is a minor and the other a woman," Mayor Miguel Angel Mancera told a news conference, adding that 66 people were injured. Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2015

Three US contractors killed in 'insider attack' in Kabul WASHINGTON: Three American contractors were killed in an "insider attack" at Kabul airport on Thursday, a US defence official told AFP.The victims were employed under a US Defence Department contract but other details of the shooting incident remained unclear, said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2015

US warns Russia, welcomes new EU sanctions WASHINGTON: The United States warned Russia on Thursday that it is mulling fresh sanctions over the fighting in Ukraine and welcomed an EU move to broaden existing measures imposed on Moscow.State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said the agreement by EU foreign ministers to expand existing European sanctions "is just a further sign that the actions of the last several days and weeks are absolutely unacceptable and that there will be new consequences put in place."The ...

Mexico maternity blast kills two, injures dozens MEXICO CITY: A gas truck blew up outside a maternity hospital in Mexico City on Thursday, killing at least two people, injuring dozens and trapping others after the building crumbled.Rescuers with dogs scoured the rubble of the Maternity and Children's Hospital in the Cuajimalpa borough for people who were stuck following the huge blast, which rocked the neighborhood.Officials gave various death tolls during the day, at one point reporting that four babies were killed, but ...

US says 'no' to handing Guantanamo back to Cuba WASHINGTON: Efforts to improve ties with Cuba will not extend to handing control of Guantanamo Bay back to Havana, the White House said on Thursday."The president does believe that the prison at Guantanamo Bay should be closed down," said White House spokesman Josh Earnest. "But the naval base is not something that we wish to be closed."The base, on Cuba's southeastern tip, is currently the site of a large naval base as well as a ...

Poroshenko calls for truce talks with Ukraine rebels KIEV: Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko on Thursday called for urgent truce talks with pro-Russian rebels to end a bloody surge in fighting.Poroshenko said the new meeting in the Belarussian capital should lead to "an immediate ceasefire and the withdrawal of heavy weapons from the line of contact."Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2015


 



 
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