Two explosions near the Iranian Embassy in the Lebanese capital Beirut kill at least 22 people, wound scores of others, and cause widespread damage to the mission and nearby buildings
At least 22 people were killed and 146 people wounded in a double bomb attack outside the Iranian embassy in Beirut on Tuesday, Lebanon's health minister said.Ali Hassan Khalil said the toll in the blast, which took place in the southern suburbs of the Lebanese capital, was not final and it could rise further.The mid-morning blasts hit Beirut's upscale neighborhood of Janah, a Hezbollah stronghold. One explosion blew out the large black main gate of the Iranian mission, damaging the three-story facility.
The French can be thankful the man trying to terrorize their journalists and bankers does not have the mindset—or the arsenal—of your usual American mass murderer.
The shooter roaming Paris, France, right now is a morning person, and he’s not very good with guns. In America, a madman on a mission like his would no doubt have carried automatic pistols and probably an assault rifle. This guy’s got a 12-gauge pump that jams.In the United States, men, women and children would have died: there were, on average, more than 30 mass killings (of four or more people at a time) every year in the USA from 2006 through 2012.
Two years ago, the country’s security services massacred protesters during a violent week of activism. Now, the military is planning to honor the very ‘martyrs’ it shot to death.
Days before the country’s first post-revolution parliamentary election in November 2011, central Cairo exploded in violence. Following yet another case of flagrant police brutality, protesters had taken to the streets to agitate against the security services and a military elite that had stepped in to rule after Hosni Mubarak’s downfall. In some of the fiercest rioting ever to have erupted in the capital, dozens of civilians were gunned down during several dark days of bloodshed and burning.
Running from assault, abduction, and assassination at the hands of jihadists and FSA rebels, Syria’s ancient Christian community fears a religious pogrom is set to erupt.
Traumatized by what they have endured inside Syria and fearful for their future, Christians fleeing the 32-month-long civil war say the persecution of Christians is worsening in rebel-held territories in the country’s north—and that the kidnapping, rape and executions of Christians aren’t just being carried out by jihadist groups, but also by other Sunni Muslim rebels, including those affiliated with the Western-backed Free Syrian Army (FSA).
The suspect in the serial killing spree that rocked Britain shocked the nation and even her own lawyer when she unexpectedly pleaded guilty to three of the alleged murders.
There were extraordinary scenes at London’s principal criminal court on Monday when a 31-year-old woman stunned her own legal team by casually admitting to the alleged murder of three men - and attempting to murder two more.When her lawyers attempted to intervene, Joanna Dennehy, 31, told the court that she didn’t want the inconvenience of traveling back to the Old Bailey courtroom as it was “a long way to come” to repeat herself.When the judge questioned whether her plea was genuine, she retorted, “I’ve pleaded guilty, and that’s that.
Five years after the horrific terrorist attack, the leader of Pakistan’s Lashkar-e-Tayyiba hasn’t been brought to justice—and chilling details of an American jihadi’s role have emerged.
Five years ago, the city of Mumbai was attacked by Pakistani terrorists in the most important terror attack since 9/11. The 10 terrorists’ tactics have been copied by others since—for example, just weeks ago in Nairobi. We know a great deal more today than ever about the attack, its planners, and the critical American hand in the plot.Two fabulous five-star hotels were the main targets. The Oberoi and the Taj hotels were attacked by teams of terrorists from the Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Tayyiba group (LeT), along with the city’s train station, a restaurant that catered to foreign visitors and the rich, a Chabad House for visiting Israeli and American Jews, and the city hospital.
We don't know whether relations with Iran will go toward peace or war, but the interim freeze again under negotiations this week holds little risk and much promise. Don't let the hawks on both sides kill it, writes Leslie H. Gelb.
No honest person can know whether the nuclear negotiations with Iran will produce a sound agreement, least of all the know-it-alls who are fighting to prevent it. Maybe, the West will have to further strengthen economic sanctions. Perhaps, Iran will make threatening moves that justify a Western military strike. But the arguments against a full and serious drive to try staying the dogs of war are sheer, dangerous nonsense. The upside is a short-term deal that would lead to the Mideast equivalent of ending the Cold War with the Soviet Union.
The influential hotelier was found dead on Thursday afternoon in his newest venture, London’s Ace Hotel.
There was no indication of anything untoward at the newest outpost of the Ace Hotel, in London, today. No casual visitor would have guessed that the group’s maverick founder, Alex Calderwood, was found dead in one of his artfully retrofitted bedrooms on Thursday afternoon. He was 47.The music was the usual upbeat mix of dubstep reggae, bluegrass and vintage British punk, and a string quartet performed with commendable irony in the overpriced Hoi Polloi restaurant - where a small and unremarkable burger with chips would set a customer back £15 (about $24).
The men stayed behind in Candahug while the women escaped to higher ground when Typhoon Haiyan moved in.
Nine days ago, the village of Candahug was a tranquil haven on the eastern side of the Philippines, its meandering Pacific coastline flanked by thick palm groves. A half-hour's drive from the nearby city of Tacloban, its sheltered waters and whitewashed hotels made it a pleasant weekend getaway spot.Today, all that is left of Candahug is the church and community centre, saved by their concrete foundations. But ask a local resident for directions to the village and there comes the first hint of what makes it so unusual, even amid the widespread carnage of Typhoon Haiyan.
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