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22 November, 2014


'Big gaps' remain in Iran nuclear negotiations – Kerry

US Secretary of State John Kerry has said that there are still large areas of disagreement in negotiations over Iran’s nuclear capabilities take place as the deadline of November 24 approaches. “We're working hard,” Kerry said ahead of a meeting with German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, Reuters reported. “We hope we're making careful progress, but we have big gaps, we still have some serious gaps, which we're working to close.” Iran, the United States, Britain, France, Germany, Russia and China began the final round of negotiations on a nuclear deal on Tuesday.


​550 Germans have joined ISIS – Berlin

At least 550 German citizens have joined Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria, Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere told German television channel Phoenix. "We estimate 550. Just a few days ago we had 450," he said, "These young people... were radicalized in Germany, within this society. That's why prevention must be accompanied by suppression.” He added that most of them are men, but several women have also travelled to conflict zones.


​Somalian Islamists claim credit for Kenya bus attack

The Al-Shabab militants in Somalia have claimed responsibility for the Saturday attack in neighboring Kenya, which left 28 people killed. The killing of bus passengers was retaliation for raids on mosques in the city of Mombasa by the Kenyan military, the group’s spokesman Sheikh Ali Mohamud Rage told Reuters in an emailed statement.


​5.8 earthquake hits southwest China

A 5.8-magnitude earthquake was recorded in China’s southwestern province of Sichuan at 08:55 GMT, according to the US Geological Survey. The quake shook at a shallow depth of 9.8 kilometers and occurred 38 kilometers northwest of the city of Kangding. Local authorities haven’t reported any casualties or damage yet.


Jihadist militants hijack bus in Kenya, 28 passengers killed

Authorities say al-Qaida-linked al-Shabab militants from Somalia have hijacked a bus in northern Kenya and killed 28 non-Muslims on board. Two police officers, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the bus was hijacked 50 kilometers (31 miles) from the town of Mandera on its way to the capital Nairobi, AP reported. Kenya has witnessed a rise in attacks by al-Shabab militants since it sent troops into Somalia in October 2011. There have been over 100 attacks since then, including the 2013 Westgate Mall massacre that left 67 people dead.


Gas explosion rocks central London hotel, 14 injured

An explosion last night at the five-star Hyatt Regency Churchill hotel on Portman Square in the Marylebone area of London has left 14 people hospitalized. The blast, which authorities say occurred in the basement of the hotel, caused part of the structure to collapse. Five hundred people were evacuated from the building and all guests and staff have been accounted for, Sky News reported. A Metropolitan Police spokesman said: "At about 11.40pm we were called to a suspected gas explosion at Portman Square. Officers are in attendance alongside the fire brigade and ambulance service. A small number of injured parties are being treated." Structural engineers are on the site to determine the full extent of the damage.


House Intel clears top-ranking Obama officials in Benghazi ‘conspiracies’

A two-year probe by the House Intelligence Committee has cleared then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and then-Ambassador to the UN Susan Rice on allegations that they mishandled the 2012 attack on the US diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, which led to the death of US Ambassador Christopher Stevens, foreign service officer Sean Smith, and two CIA agents. Following the attack, Republicans criticized Clinton, who is expected to run in the 2016 presidential elections, saying the CIA was ordered to “stand down” as the compound came under siege. Rice, meanwhile, was condemned for blaming the attack on a riot sparked by an anti-Muslim video, as opposed to an act of terrorism. The panel said that to this day, “significant intelligence gaps remain” regarding what motivated the protesters to violence.