Istanbul airport bombers planned hostage-taking: report
Fri, 01 Jul 2016 05:23:51 -0400
The three suicide attackers who struck Istanbul's main international airport this week are believed to have been planning to take dozens of people hostage, a Turkish newspaper reported Friday. A total of 44 people were killed in Tuesday night's gun and bomb spree at Turkey's busiest airport, the deadliest in a string of attacks to hit Istanbul this year. The pro-government Sabah newspaper reported that the attackers scouted the scene and planned to take dozens of passengers hostage inside before carrying out a massacre.
51st edition film fest opens at Czech spa town, honors Dafoe
Fri, 01 Jul 2016 05:20:47 -0400
PRAGUE (AP) — The western Czech spa town of Karlovy Vary is kicking off its annual international film festival with an award for U.S. actor Willem Dafoe.
Tunisian prisoners tell of life with Islamic State in Libya
Fri, 01 Jul 2016 05:20:30 -0400
By Aidan Lewis and Ahmed Elumami TRIPOLI (Reuters) - When a U.S. air strike hit Sabratha in western Libya on Feb. 19, it reduced a building on the southern fringes of the city to rubble, killing dozens of militants and exposing a network of Islamic State cells operating just near the Tunisian border. It also upended the lives of three young Tunisian women who were married to militants killed in the strike or its aftermath, and are now being held with their children in a Tripoli prison. The women's accounts, given in a rare interview, shed light on how Islamic State was able to operate largely undisturbed in Sabratha as the cell's mainly Tunisian members plotted attacks back in their home country.
U.S. shale oil's Achilles heel shows signs of mending
Fri, 01 Jul 2016 05:18:16 -0400
Since the beginning of the U.S. fracking revolution, oil producers have struggled with a vexing problem: after an initial burst, crude output from new shale wells falls much faster than from conventional wells. It also helps explain shale drillers' resilience throughout the oil market's two-year slump. While shale oil production revolutionized the oil industry over the past decade, bringing abundance of global oil supplies, high costs and rapid production declines have been its Achilles heel.
Iran's Rouhani accuses West of exploiting Sunni-Shi'ite rift, raps Israel
Fri, 01 Jul 2016 05:16:15 -0400
Iran's President Hassan Rouhani accused Western powers of trying to exploit differences between the world's Sunni and Shi'ite Muslims to divert attention from the Israel-Palestinian conflict, state television reported on Friday. The protesters condemned the Israeli occupation of Palestinian territories and chanted "Death to Israel" and "Death to America". "We stand with the dispossessed Palestinian nation." Opposition to Israel, which Tehran refuses to recognize, has been a cornerstone of Iranian policy since its 1979 Islamic revolution.
Russian doping whistleblower Stepanova 'eligible' for Rio Games
Fri, 01 Jul 2016 05:15:09 -0400
Once-banned Russian doping whistleblower Yuliya Stepanova has been declared eligible to compete at the Rio Olympics under a neutral flag, the IAAF said on Friday. The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) said Stepanova "is now eligible to compete in International Competitions as an independent neutral athlete". Stepanova, a 29-year-old runner who specialises in the 800 metres, can also compete in the European Championships in Amsterdam from July 6-10.
Eurozone unemployment dips to 10.1% in May: Eurostat
Fri, 01 Jul 2016 05:14:17 -0400
Brussels (AFP) - Eurozone unemployment fell to a near five-year low in May, official data said on Friday, in a rare positive sign for a sluggish European economy struggling to return to solid growth.
Six killed in gun attack on two buses in Kenya's Mandera
Fri, 01 Jul 2016 05:04:29 -0400
NAIROBI (Reuters) - At least six people were killed when gunmen sprayed two buses with bullets on Friday in Kenya's Mandera county on the border with Somalia, a regional official said. Mandera County Commissioner Fredrick Shisia told Reuters the attack happened at 9.30 am (0630 GMT) as the buses were traveling to Mandera town from the capital Nairobi. "So far we are talking of six dead," he said. (Reporting by Duncan Miriri; Editing by Andrew Heavens)
Xi urges Chinese Communist Party to embrace Marxist roots
Fri, 01 Jul 2016 04:57:54 -0400
BEIJING (AP) — Chinese President Xi Jinping urged the 88-million-strong Communist Party to embrace its Marxist roots on Friday as he delivered an emphatic call for ideological discipline and a vigorous defense of party rule.
Britain, France mark 100 years since bloodiest WWI battle
Fri, 01 Jul 2016 04:52:55 -0400
With a cannon blast and a piercing whistle, Britain and France on Friday marked 100 years since soldiers emerged from their trenches to begin one of the bloodiest battles of World War I at the River Somme. Under grey skies, unlike the clear sunny day that saw the biggest slaughter in British military history a century ago, the commemoration kicked off at the deep Lochnagar crater, created by the blast of mines placed under German positions two minutes before the attack began at 7:30 am on July 1, 1916. A lone piper walked around the edge of the crater at the ceremony, to be followed by a main event attended by the British royal family and Prime Minister David Cameron, as well as French President Francois Hollande and former German president Horst Koehler.