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2 July, 2015


2 wounded as car bomb explodes near mosque in Yemeni capital

A car bomb near a mosque in downtown Sanaa wounded two people, police told Reuters on Thursday. The blast took place near the headquarters of the central bank, but the target was a nearby mosque, where evening prayers had just finished. No one has claimed responsibility so far. On Monday, a car bomb attack took lives of at least 28 people in Yemen’s capital. Islamic State militants claimed responsibility for that attack, saying that they targeted a “Shiite nest.”


Nearly 100 killed in Boko Haram attack in Nigeria, witnesses say

“The attackers have killed at least 97 people,” a local from the Kukawa village, located in the northeastern Nigerian state of Borno, told AFP on Thursday. The attack by suspected Boko Haram militants took place on Wednesday evening. “The terrorists first descended on Muslim worshippers in various mosques who were observing the Maghrib prayer shortly after breaking their fast,” another witness told AFP. “They spared nobody. In fact, while some of the terrorists waited and set most of the corpses on fire, others proceeded to houses and shot indiscriminately at women who were preparing food.”


Hungary to start building fence on Serbian border ‘within weeks’ – official

Hungary plans to start building a 4-meter-high fence along its border with Serbia within weeks, Reuters quoted Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s chief of staff as saying Thursday. The fence is intended to stem the flow of illegal migrants from Serbia to the Central European country of 10 million people. Janos Lazar said the 175km-long fence would be a temporary measure, adding that Hungary “needs Serbia as an ally.”


7 local Afghan policemen killed in Taliban attack

A nighttime Taliban attack on police checkpoints in the strategic Wardak province has left seven local policemen dead, AP said. The Taliban captured five of the checkpoints attacked in Jalrez district on Wednesday night, said Zakir Hussain Sultani, the deputy provincial governor in Wardak, the area south of the capital, Kabul. Intense fighting was still under way in the area on Thursday. Two Afghan army tanks were struck by a roadside mine, the official said.


French court cancels Jean-Marie Le Pen’s suspension from National Front

A French court canceled Jean-Marie Le Pen’s suspension from the National Front party on Thursday. The ruling could re-launch a public feud with his daughter, now party leader Marine Le Pen, Reuters said. Jean-Marie Le Pen, 86, founded the party four decades ago. FN deputy leader Florian Philippot played down any consequences from the ruling, saying party members were being consulted on canceling the title of honorary president in an online vote that closes on July 10.


UN convoy attacked in Mali, 5 peacekeepers killed

Five UN peacekeepers were killed and another six severely wounded in an attack on their convoy in northern Mali, Reuters reports. The attack occurred close to Goundam, a town southwest of the northern city of Timbuktu. The convoy contained peacekeepers from the mission’s contingent from Burkina Faso, according to a UN soldier. Northern Mali was liberated from Al-Qaeda-linked Islamist rebels in a French-led military campaign in early 2013.


Palestinian Authority to open embassy in Vatican by summer’s end – FM

The Palestinian Authority is planning to open an embassy in the Vatican by the end of summer. The news was announced by Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad Maliki, RIA Novosti reported Thursday.


Pakistan rail bridge collapses, plunging train into canal, 7 killed – reports

Three train carriages carrying 300 passengers reportedly fell into a canal Thursday after a bridge collapsed near Wazirabad in Gujranwala, Pakistan. Seven people were killed and several injured in the incident, the News Tribe said. A section of the Head Chanawa bridge collapsed while the train was passing by the area. It was on route from Punno Akal to Khariya Cantt in Gujrat.


8 arrested in Tunisia have ‘direct links’ to beach massacre – govt minister

Eight people arrested by security forces are suspected of having direct links to the killing of 38 foreign tourists at a beach resort, a Tunisian minister said Thursday. “The whole of the network behind the operation has been uncovered,” Kamel Jendoubi, the minister in charge of relations with civil society, was reported as saying. The suspects include one woman, the minister said.


BBC director general Hall says 1,000 jobs to be cut

The BBC is to cut 1,000 jobs because of a £150 million (US$234 million) budget gap in its license fee income, director general Tony Hall said Thursday. The move will save around £50 million, and more cuts will come. Lord Hall cited “difficult choices” because of the tough financial climate. The shortfall is being blamed on an increasing number of households which do not pay a license, saying they do not watch live TV.


Ukraine president submits draft law on decentralization to parliament

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has submitted a draft law to the parliament with proposed constitutional changes on decentralization, Verkhovnaya Rada’s website said on Thursday. The bill does not envision a special status for the eastern regions of Donetsk and Lugansk. The Venice Commission, an advisory body to the Council of Europe on constitutional matters, last week generally approved the document. It noted a need to create separate territorial administrative units through a special law, Sputnik reported.


At least 36 dead as ferry with 173 on board capsizes off in Ormoc, Philippines

At least 36 people were killed after a passenger ferry with 173 on board capsized in rough waters off Ormoc City on central Leyte island past noon on Thursday, AFP reported, citing Philippines officials. A report on Manila radio said 21 people were missing, and Coast guard spokesman Armand Balilo told AP that 118 have been rescued so far. Rescue boats picked up survivors who clung to the overturned hull of the Kim Nirvana, 1km from the port of Ormoc.


Tunisia police arrest 12 suspects over Sousse attack

Tunisian authorities have arrested 12 suspects in connection to the shooting of 38 people at a hotel in Sousse. Two others are still being hunted by police, the Independent reported. They are believed to have trained in Libya alongside the 23-year-old Sousse gunman Seiffedine Rezgui and the attackers who targeted the Bardo Museum in March, according to officials. “This is a group who were trained in Libya, and who had the same objective,” said Lazhar Akremi, minister for parliamentary relations.