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  1. Morenada dancers participate in the traditional inaugural parade of Oruro's Carnival ? declared Unesco World Heritage ? in Oruro, Bolivia, February 10, 2018. AFP/Files LA PAS: A bomb triggered a blast that killed four people during carnival celebrations in the Bolivian city of Oruro, police said Wednesday. Police commander Faustino Mendoza said a device packed with three kilograms (6.6 pounds) of dynamite exploded late Tuesday, killing bystanders. "We have four people killed and nine injured," said Mendoza, adding that the blast occurred in a street near the scene of an even deadlier explosion on Saturday that killed eight people. Initially, a government minister said that explosion was likely caused by a street vendor?s gas cylinder. Following the second blast, army units patrolled the streets of the city and regional Governor Victor Hugo Vasquez said: "We are sure that this is a criminal attack." Defense Minister Javier Zabaleta said authorities were now considering "the possibility that the two explosions are coordinated events." Three suspects have been arrested, Interior Minister Carlos Romero said, without giving further details. Traces of ANFO, an industrial explosive widely used in the mining industry, were also found at the site of the latest blast, authorities said. President Evo Morales, in a statement on Twitter, said the South American country had been plunged into mourning. "Very saddened and concerned because we have a tragedy again, and the death of innocent bystanders in Oruro has our country in mourning after another explosion," he wrote. The northwestern Bolivian city is known for its cobblestone streets and colorful carnival celebrations that attract as many as half a million visitors to the city. Thousands of people had danced along a four-kilometer (2.5-mile) circuit of streets during the festivities on Tuesday. On Wednesday, the city?s university and schools located near the incidents remained closed.
  2. A British Airways plane on the runway at London City Airport/File photo LONDON: London City Airport announced its closure on Sunday after a World War Two bomb was discovered in the nearby River Thames. The ordnance was discovered in King George V Dock, close to the runway of London´s most central airport, during planned works. "A 214m (234-yard) exclusion zone has been implemented as a precaution by the Met Police. As a result, London City Airport is currently closed," the airport said in a statement. Travellers were told to avoid the airport: "All passengers due to travel from London City on Monday are advised to contact their airline for further information." City Airport operates short-haul flights and is located in east London, close to the Canary Wharf business district. The Metropolitan Police said the discovery was reported before dawn on Sunday, at around 0500 GMT, and the exclusion zone was put in place at 2200 GMT. The decision was taken "to ensure that the ordnance can be safely dealt with whilst limiting any risk to the public," police said in a statement. The unexploded ordnance is being dealt with by specialist police officers working alongside the Royal Navy. Thousands of bombs were dropped on London during the "Blitz" by German Air Forces between September 1940 and May 1941.
  3. A man carries a boy as he shouts for an ambulance after gunmen attacked the Bethel Memorial Methodist Church in Quetta, Pakistan, December 17, 2017. REUTERS/Naseer Ahmed/Files QUETTA: An explosion in southwest Pakistan left at least one person dead and seven others wounded on Monday, officials said. A remote control bomb, targeting civilians, was planted in a motorcycle that went off in Panjgur city of the restive Baluchistan province, according to authorities. "It was an improvised explosive device [IED] planted in the motorcycle parked in a busy area of the Panjgur city and was detonated through a remote control," Ghulam Ali ? the provincial home secretary ? told AFP. Bashir Bangulzai ? the commissioner of Makran region, of which Panjgur is a part ? confirmed the details and said two of those wounded were in critical condition. On Sunday, a six-year-old girl and her mother were also killed in the outskirts of Panjgur when the child was playing with a hand grenade found near her house. China is investing in the area under a $54-billion project known as the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), upgrading infrastructure, power, and transport links between its far-western Xinjiang region and Pakistan?s Gwadar port. Pakistan accuses arch-rival India for the unrest in the province in order to hurt the CPEC and destabilise the country.
  4. A petrol bomb was thrown at the lakeside Yangon compound of Myanmar's leader Aung San Suu Kyi on Thursday while she was away from her home, a government spokesman said. Photo; file A petrol bomb was thrown at the lakeside Yangon compound of Myanmar's leader Aung San Suu Kyi on Thursday while she was away from her home, a government spokesman said. "It was a petrol bomb," spokesman Zaw Htay confirmed to AFP, without giving further details on a possible motive for a small but rare attack targeting the Myanmar democracy heroine. The petrol bomb caused minor damage. But the attack on the villa where Suu Kyi was held for long years of house arrest by the former junta is hugely symbolic. Suu Kyi has increasingly attracted the ire of the international community over her perceived failure to speak up on behalf of Myanmar's Rohingya Muslim community. Nearly 700,000 Rohingya have fled a brutal military crackdown in northern Rakhine state into refugee camps in Bangladesh since August, bringing with them testimony of murder, rape and arson. But inside Myanmar Suu Kyi, who swept elections in 2015, is still widely regarded as a heroine by the majority-Buddhist population, who fondly dub her "The Lady". Many inside Myanmar regard the Rohingya as illegal "Bengali" immigrants. Suu Kyi was in Naypyidaw at the time of Thursday's incident and is due to address parliament to mark the second anniversary of her NLD government coming to power.
  5. Afghan police officers keep watch while a man drives his damaged car at the site of a car bomb attack in Kabul on Jan 27, 2018/ Reuters KABUL: Kabul was in despair on Sunday, a day after a Taliban suicide bomber killed more than 100 people and wounded at least 235 in the worst attack in the Afghan capital in months. A week ago, the Taliban killed more than 20 people in a siege of the city?s Intercontinental Hotel. Another six people were killed in an assault claimed by Daesh on the office of aid group Save the Children in the eastern city of Jalalabad. Despite pressure on President Ashraf Ghani?s Western-backed government to improve security, the attacks show no sign of abating, giving rise to helpless anger among residents. ?How are we to live? Where should we go?? asked shopkeeper Mohammad Hanif, who was in his shop near the site of the explosion when it went off. Interior Minister Wais Barmak said the casualty toll had risen to at least 103 dead and 235 wounded. He said at least two vehicles painted as ambulances were involved in the attack, one of which blew up at when it was stopped at a police checkpoint. Security officials have warned of possible further attacks. The Taliban said their attack was intended as a message to US President Donald Trump who last year sent more American troops to Afghanistan and ordered an increase in air strikes and other assistance to Afghan forces. ?The Islamic Emirate has a clear message for Trump and his hand kissers that if you go ahead with a policy of aggression and speak from the barrel of a gun, don?t expect Afghans to grow flowers in response,? Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said in a statement, using the term the use to describe themselves. The attack in one of the most heavily protected parts of the city, close to foreign embassies and government buildings, was the worst seen in the Afghan capital since a truck bomb near the German embassy killed 150 people in May. ?People were running everywhere to escape, there were wounded people lying on the ground, people with wounds to their arms, legs, heads,? Hanif said. Despite a major tightening in checks following the May 31 attack, the ambulance was able to get through the checkpoints, apparently without difficulty. ?People don?t have work. There?s no life for people in Afghanistan. People have to look for a life somewhere else, there?s nowhere,? said shopkeeper Sameem. With Ghani embroiled in confrontation with provincial powerbrokers defying central rule, pressure is mounting on the government to set aside political divisions and focus on security. ?The situation is absolutely unacceptable to the people,? said a former government minister, Abdul Hadi Arghandiwal. ?The government spends a lot of time and energy in political rivalry and infighting at a time when it has to pay more attention to security.? 'Terrorist war' Former US ambassador to Afghanistan Zalmay Khalilzad called for Ghani?s government and its main political rival, powerful northern leader Atta Mohammad Noor, to ?come together and resolve their differences?. ?Fighting terrorism and protecting the people is job one. I hope they rise to the occasion,? Khalilzad said on Twitter. Saturday?s attack, described as ?an atrocity? by the head of the UN mission in Afghanistan, drew universal condemnation from neighboring countries and allies who had expressed confidence that the new US strategy was producing results. Following a recent visit to Kabul, the US ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, said the strategy was working and pushing the insurgents closer to peace talks. However, the Taliban have dismissed any suggestion that they have been weakened by the US approach and say they will only agree to talks when international forces leave Afghanistan. The United States, which has accused Pakistan of helping the Taliban and has cut off some aid, urged all countries to take ?decisive action? to stop the violence. Afghan officials also say the insurgency is being directed from outside their country. ?This is not a civil war, this is a terrorist war imposed on the Afghan people,? said Masoom Stanekzai, head of Afghanistan?s main intelligence agency. ?This is a war in which the Afghan people are being used as tools and burned like firewood every day.? Pakistan, which denies accusations it fosters the Afghan war to undermine old rival India?s growing influence there, condemned the attack and called for ?concerted efforts and effective cooperation ... to eradicate the scourge of terrorism?. Afghanistan declared Sunday a day of mourning and said Monday would be a day off to allow care of the victims? families. Joko Widodo, president of Indonesia, which has the world?s biggest Muslim population, was due to visit Kabul on Monday, Ghani?s office said. Widodo has proposed that Indonesian Islamic scholars could help promote Afghan peace, media reported recently.
  6. Police investigators check the site where a bomb exploded in Barranquilla, Colombia, January 27, 2018. AFP/Jose Torres BOGOTA: At least four police officers were killed and 42 others wounded Saturday when alleged drug traffickers detonated a remote-controlled bomb at a station in the northern city of Barranquilla, officials said. The attack was one of the deadliest on security personnel in recent years in one of Colombia's most important cities. It comes as the government of President Juan Manuel Santos seeks to bring the armed conflict that has wracked Colombia for 50 years to an end. Much of the violence has been financed by drug trafficking. The bombing also casts a pall over preparations for the annual carnival, a major attraction in the Caribbean port city. Mariano Botero, the Barranquilla police commander, said that the bomb detonated as the officers gathered for morning formation. One suspect was captured, he said. A police source told AFP that 49 officers were at the site when the bomb exploded. Of those, four were killed and 42 were wounded. The toll is considerably higher than the initial figure of 17 wounded and three killed given by Botero. Retaliation Barranquilla Mayor Alejandro Char quickly blamed drug traffickers for the attack. "I do not have the slightest doubt that this is a retaliation" for successful police action against drug traffickers, he told reporters. Botero also suggested that the attack could be in revenge after a police crackdown on local drug traffickers. Colombia is the world's top producer of cocaine, and criminal groups have flooded the country's main cities with drugs in a move known as "microtrafficking." El Heraldo, the main Barranquilla newspaper, said that some believe the attack may have been aimed at distracting police from an armoured car robbery that took place at the same time. General Jorge Nieto ? the head of Colombia's national police ? said he travelled to Barranquilla to offer his support to the blast survivors and their relatives. He also announced a reward of 50 million pesos ($17.8 million) for information about the attack. "We strongly condemn this barbaric act and soon we will find those behind it," he said. President Juan Manuel Santos blasted the "cowardly attack" on Twitter. "We will not rest until we find those responsible, my solidarity with the families of the victims and the wounded," Santos wrote. Joining Santos was the presidential candidate of the FARC, the former guerrilla group which is now a leftist political party. Rodrigo "Timochenko" Londono "vehemently" condemned the Barranquilla attack on Twitter. "All our solidarity is for the relatives of the slain police," he wrote. Santos reached a historic peace agreement with the FARC - formerly known as the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia - in November 2016. That led to the rebels' disarmament and transformation into a political party. The president, who is set to step down in August, is hoping to reach a similar agreement with the smaller National Liberation Army (ELN) guerrillas.
  7. Members of a Thai army explosive ordinance disposal team walk toward the site where a motorcycle bomb killed three civilians and injured others at a market in Yala in Thailand´s insurgency-hit south on January 22, 2018 / AFP BANGKOK: motorcycle bomb exploded in a market in Thailand?s southern Yala province on Monday, killing three people and wounding 22, a spokesman for the Internal Security Operations Command (ISOC) said, the first such attack in the region in months. The mostly Muslim provinces of Narathiwat, Pattani and Yala in Thailand?s far south are home to a long-running insurgency by ethnic Malay fighting for autonomy in which more than 6,000 people have been killed since 2004. ?The criminals put a bomb in a motorcycle and placed it next to a market cart. The force of the explosion caused three people to lose their lives,? said ISOC spokesman Pramote Prom-in. The ISOC is a government security force that operates in the region. No group claimed immediate responsibility for the attack on Monday, which took place at a morning market. Police said the motorcycle was placed near a stall selling pork. It was not immediately clear whether the bomb was placed at the pork stall in a deliberate attempt to target Thai Buddhists. The stall?s female owner and a male customer were among the three people killed, police said. The bomb blew off chunks of the market?s corrugated tin roof and wrecked nearby stalls. The southern provinces have seen hundreds of attacks since 2004, many of them deadly, but there had been fewer violent incidents of late. Analysts who monitor the conflict say violence from the insurgency fell to an historic low in 2017 despite the fact that talks aimed at bringing peace gained little traction. Thailand?s military government has tried to revive talks with rebel groups initiated by the previous civilian government, but they have gone almost nowhere. Resistance to Buddhist rule from Bangkok has existed for decades in the southern provinces, waning briefly in the 1990s before resurfacing violently in 2004.
  8. A scene of the incident CHAMAN: Around eight people, including police and Levies officials, were injured on Monday morning in back to back bomb blasts on Chaman?s Mall Road. According to the police, the first blast occurred near the office of the Special Branch on Mall Road in which one person was injured. In the second blast, which occurred near a police picket, around seven people were injured, including three police and Levies officials. The Mall Road has been closed for traffic after the bombing The injured have been shifted to a hospital. A police vehicle, motorcycle and rickshaw were damaged in the blast. Law enforcement agencies reached the site after the blast and began a search operation. The Mall Road has been closed for traffic and further investigations are under way. The exact nature of the blasts has yet to be ascertained. This is a developing story and will be updated as reports come in.
  9. LONDON: An army bomb disposal team was sent to a house in northern England after police arrested four men on Tuesday on suspicion of planning acts of terrorism. Three men, aged 22, 36 and 41, were held after raids at their homes in Sheffield and a 31-year-old was detained at an address in nearby Chesterfield. "The arrests were intelligence-led and pre-planned as part of an ongoing investigation by Counter Terrorism Policing North East and (domestic security agency) MI5," West Yorkshire Police said in a statement. They added: "The public may have heard loud bangs at the time police entered the properties. We would like to reassure them that this was part of the method of entry to gain access. "Police said the bomb disposal unit had been sent to the Chesterfield house and that nearby residents had been evacuated as a precaution. There were no details about what the men were suspected of planning. They are being questioned on suspicion of being concerned in the commission, preparation or instigation of acts of terrorism. Britain has suffered five militant attacks so far this year, four of which led to loss of life, while security chiefs say another nine have been thwarted. The country remains on its second-highest threat level meaning an attack is considered highly likely.
  10. Locals and officials inspect a car that was bombed in Yemen. REUTERS/Nasser Awad/Files ADEN: Assailants detonated a car bomb outside the Yemeni Finance Ministry offices in the southern city of Aden on Wednesday, killing at least two people, hospital officials and residents said. They said the force of the blast shook the Khor Maksar area of Aden ? the temporary capital of the internationally recognized government of President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi ? and causing severe damage to the six-storey building. The force of the blast also shattered windows of adjacent houses, they said. Ambulances were seen racing to the scene, as sounds of gunfire were heard in the area, they said. No one has claimed responsibility for the explosion. An official at the city?s main government-run Jumhouriya hospital said that two people have arrived dead to the hospital, while three others were in critical condition. He said that medics have said they believe that more casualties were at the scene of the blast, but no one could reach them due to an exchange of gunfire that was taking place in the area.
  11. KANDAHAR: A roadside bomb planted by the Taliban killed at least eight civilians including three women and a child in Afghanistan's Kandahar province on Tuesday, a local official said. The victims of the blast in Kandahar´s Maroof district "were going from Maroof district center to their village when a newly planted Taliban bomb hit their car," said Zia Durani, a spokesman for Kandahar police. The southern province of Kandahar has long been a Taliban stronghold. Durani provided no evidence to support the assertion of Taliban responsibility. The group has not claimed the attack. Roadside bombs have been responsible for about 18 percent of civilian casualties this year, according to the United Nations. Nearly 500 people were killed by improvised explosive devices between January and September.
  12. Suicide attacks in Iraq are usually claimed by the Daesh group KIRKUK: A suicide car bomber killed at least 21 people in an attack on a busy market in a town north of Baghdad on Tuesday, a security official said. Dozens more were wounded when the attacker blew up the vehicle in the middle of the fruit and vegetable market in Tuz Khurmatu, the official said. A doctor at the town´s general hospital put the number of wounded at 80, some of them lightly injured. There was no immediate claim of responsibility. Suicide attacks in Iraq are usually claimed by the Daesh group, which has suffered a string of military defeats and last week lost control of the last town the jihadists held in the country. Tuz Khurmatu is home to a mixed Kurdish, Arab and Turkmen population. It was the scene of deadly violence in mid-October when Iraqi forces retook it from Kurdish control in response to a Kurdish independence referendum. Turkmen MP Niazi Maamar Oglu said an attack of Tuesday´s magnitude had not been seen in the town "for years". A security chief in Salaheddin province, Mehdi Taqi, told AFP that a curfew was imposed immediately after the bombing. "There are still some areas west of Tuz Khurmatu that serve as hideouts for [Daesh]and we will soon be carrying out operations to clean them up," Taqi added.
  13. ADEN: Daesh claimed responsibility for a car bombing that security sources said killed 10 people, including civilians, at a security post in Yemen's government bastion of Aden on Tuesday. The militant group claimed the attack in the southern port city via the encrypted messaging app Telegram, adding that a Yemeni suicide bomber had detonated the vehicle. Aden's security chief told AFP: "Eight members of the security forces and two civilians were killed in a car bombing in the central district of Abdul Aziz." "There are a large number of wounded, some of them in serious condition," Brigadier Shalal Shaya said, attributing the blast to a car bomb. Witnesses earlier told AFP they heard a loud explosion followed by gunfire at the main office of UAE-trained security forces in charge of guarding state-owned facilities. The Zayed bin Sultan mosque, which is located near the security office and funded by the United Arab Emirates, was also damaged in the attack. The United Arab Emirates, which has trained government forces in southern Yemen, is a key member of a Saudi-led military coalition. The coalition intervened in Yemen in March 2015 with the aim of rolling back gains made by Houthi rebels and restoring the government of Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi to power. But the mission has expanded to include operations against militant groups, both Daesh and Al-Qaeda, which have used the chaos of the war to gain footholds in government-held southern Yemen. Daesh also claimed a major attack in Aden on November 5 that killed 35 people, sparking a hostage crisis in a city that had seen a period of relative calm in the war-torn country. The Yemen war has killed more than 8,650 people, the majority civilians, and pushed the country to the brink of famine.
  14. LEFT: An unexploded metal bomb ? filled with explosive powder and lined with metal pellets ? is seen in a still handout image, Boston, Massachusetts, March 18, 2015. US Attorney's Office/Handout via Reuters; RIGHT: Paul George Dandan, 30 ? a full-time employee of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) based at Charlotte Douglas International Airport. Booking photo released on November 11, 2017. AFP/Mecklenburg County Sheriff's Office1 WASHINGTON: Police in North Carolina have arrested and charged two men ? one an airport employee ? for possessing a homemade bomb, police said. They said a man named Derrick Fells, 39, had constructed the device. Upon his arrest Sunday ? following a 911 phone call from an unidentified informant ? Fells admitted making the device, which was described as a pipe bomb. Fells told police in Charlotte he had intended to use the bomb against a neighbour with whom he had been arguing, but changed his mind and gave it to Paul Dandon, 30, a full-time employee of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) based at Charlotte Douglas International Airport. Police said Dandon's job gave him access only to an offsite air traffic control tower, but not to any restricted area in the airport terminal or to any aircraft. In a separate statement, the FAA said Dandon's access to those facilities had been terminated and that he was cooperating with authorities, including agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). Dandon was charged with possession of a weapon of mass destruction (WMD) and related charges. Fells was charged with three counts, including manufacturing a weapon of mass destruction. While the US Defense Department defines WMDs as those capable of causing mass casualties, the Justice Department has given prosecutors broad flexibility to apply the term to weapons including bombs, grenades, and certain guns.
  15. KARACHI: The District South police on Sunday claimed to have arrested a suspect who made the hoax bomb call to the Sindh High Court three days ago, from Sawan Goth. Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) District South Javed Akbar Riaz stated that the team investigating the incident traced the call?s location to Sawan Goth in Gadap Town, situated in District Malir. The police then carried out a raid and arrested the man, identified as Pir Bux, added SSP Riaz. During the preliminary interrogation, the accused confessed to have made the call ?as a joke?. The police also collected the call record from Madadgar 15 since it could prove helpful in further investigation, added the police official. Requesting the citizens to not make prank calls to the police?s helpline, as they create a sense of panic in the public, SSP Riaz warned that whosoever made such calls the would be dealt with sternly and strict legal action would be taken against them. Further investigations are underway. It was on November 3, at around 2:50pm, that the Madadgar 15 received an anonymous call informing the police of a bomb having been planted inside the Sindh High Court?s premises. A Bomb Disposal Squad team was immediately summoned. After inspecting the premises thoroughly, officials of the Bomb Disposal Squad declared the building clear at around 4:20pm. Later, a first information report was registered at the Preedy police station under sections of the Telegraph Act and section 7 of the Anti-Terrorism Act, 1997.
  16. US President Donald Trump in Japan. Photo: AFP TOKYO: Japan was hit by a rare string of bomb threats as US President Donald Trump held talks in Tokyo, kicking off an Asia tour under heavy security, police said Monday. Bomb threats are extremely uncommon in Japan. No explosives were found and no arrests were made in any of the cases, which took place far away from the capital. In the western Shiga prefecture, a ferry company received a call from a man who "claimed to have set up a bomb inside a sightseeing ship that would explode in an hour?, a police spokesperson told AFP. Police located the threatened ship and conducted a thorough search but were unable to find any explosives. "A total of 290 passengers and crew members were safely evacuated," the spokesperson said, adding that police were hunting for the man who made the call. A ferry company in Hiroshima received a similar call and was told that a bomb would explode on one of its ships in an hour. Ferry operations were temporarily suspended between the prefecture?s shore to Itsukushima, where tourists flock to a Shinto shrine famous for its "floating" gate. A department store in Osaka also received a threat but police found no explosives. In Kyoto, a train operator received an anonymous tip, saying a bomb would explode in one hour at Sanjo Station, which is close to tourist destinations, according to Jiji Press. The train company closed the station temporarily, affecting 8,000 people.
  17. People gather at the site of an air strike in the northwestern city of Saada, Yemen November 1, 2017. Photo: Reuters ADEN: A suicide car bomber killed at least five soldiers in the southern Yemeni city of Aden on Sunday, residents and a security official said. The attack took place at a checkpoint outside the main security headquarters in Aden?s Khor Maksar district, they said. Sunday?s bombing was heard across the city and a plume of smoke could be seen from miles away, residents said. Clashes erupted in the area immediately, they said. It was unclear who was behind the attack or the clashes that followed. The port city of Aden is the interim headquarters of Yemen?s internationally recognised government, which had to move there when Houthi rebels took control of the capital, Sanaa, in 2015 during Yemen?s civil war. More than 10,000 people have been killed in Yemen?s conflict since the Houthis advanced on Aden, forcing President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi to flee and seek help from Saudi Arabia. Aden is dominated by Yemeni forces backed by the United Arab Emirates, a key member of the Saudi-led coalition that intervened in Yemen?s war to restore Hadi. Saudi Arabia?s air defence forces intercepted a ballistic missile fired from Yemen over the capital, Riyadh, on Saturday, state news agencies reported. The missile was brought down near King Khaled Airport on the northern outskirts of the city and did not cause any casualties.
  18. The communist-obsessed CIA cooked up several outlandish plots to murder Cuba´s Fidel Castro WASHINGTON: Cuban and Russian spies, false leads, strippers, bizarre CIA murder plots and a furious FBI director. Newly released secret records are full of intriguing details surrounding the assassination of president John F. Kennedy. But Kennedy scholars say the thousands of documents do not appear to contain any bombshell revelations about the November 22, 1963 murder that shocked the world. President Donald Trump ordered the release on Thursday of 2,800 classified Kennedy assassination records but held back other "sensitive" documents under pressure from the CIA and FBI. That last-minute decision left many Kennedy historians frustrated -- and provided more fuel for the thriving conspiracy industry around the shooting of the charismatic 46-year-old president in Dallas, Texas. "I was very disappointed," said Philip Shenon, author of "A Cruel and Shocking Act: the Secret History of the Kennedy Assassination." "Most of the documents that were released last night are documents we´d already seen before," Shenon told AFP. "We just saw them in redacted form previously." "The really important documents, sort of the super secret documents, most of them are not part of the release," he said. The Warren Commission, which investigated Kennedy´s murder, determined that Lee Harvey Oswald -- a former Marine Corps sharpshooter -- acted alone but that conclusion has failed to quell years of speculation that others were involved. Hundreds of books and movies such as the 1991 Oliver Stone film "JFK" have examined scores of conspiracy theories, pointing the finger at Cold War rivals the Soviet Union or Cuba, the Mafia and even Kennedy´s own vice president, Lyndon Johnson. ´Great transparency´ While the records released on Thursday by the National Archives contain reams of new information it will be months before the rest of the files are seen -- if ever. Trump gave the CIA, FBI and other agencies six months -- until April 26, 2018 -- to make their case for why the remaining documents should not be made public. In a tweet on Friday, the president said the JFK files were being "carefully released." "In the end there will be great transparency," he said. "It is my hope to get just about everything to public!" Later, Trump clarified in a tweeted statement that he would "be releasing ALL JFK files other than the names and addresses of any mentioned person who is still living." "I am doing this for reasons of full disclosure, transparency and in order to put any and all conspiracy theories to rest." Gerald Posner, author of "Case Closed," which determined that Oswald did indeed act alone, said the release was "frustrating" and that much of what is in the files has been known previously. Shenon said that while there were no new revelations in the documents there were nevertheless some "interesting tidbits." He pointed to one record in which then-FBI director J. Edgar Hoover expressed his anger with the "inexcusable" failure of Dallas police to protect Oswald despite repeated FBI warnings that his life was at risk. Oswald was shot by a striptease club owner, Jack Ruby, on November 24, 1963 -- two days after the Kennedy assassination -- while being moved to a county jail. Hoover goes on to add that the FBI had hoped to obtain a confession to "convince the public that Oswald is the real assassin." Many of the records are raw intelligence including scores of reports from FBI agents following up leads that led nowhere. Much of what they contain is previously known, such as that the communist-obsessed CIA cooked up several outlandish plots to murder Cuba´s Fidel Castro. One document detailed how in the early days of Kennedy´s presidency the CIA offered $150,000 to Italian-American mob boss Sam Giancana to organize the killing of Castro. Giancana in return sought the CIA´s help to place a listening device in the room of his mistress -- a Las Vegas entertainer -- whom he thought was having an affair. Seashell bomb Other possible ideas to kill the Communist leader -- said to be a keen diver -- included contaminating his diving suit with disease-causing bacteria, or booby-trapping a seashell with a bomb. The plan was scrapped when it was determined "there was no shell in the Caribbean area large enough to hold a sufficient amount of explosive." The files also contain new -- if inconclusive -- details about an intriguing chapter in Oswald´s life: a trip he took to Mexico City seven weeks before he killed Kennedy and his meetings there with Cuban and Russian spies. In his memo, Hoover referred to some of Oswald´s contacts with Cubans and Russians but dismissed them as being only about visas for him and his Russian-born wife. While many theories over the years are linked to Oswald´s ties to Cuban or Soviet operatives, an FBI memo in 1963 indicated Kennedy´s death was source of deep mourning in the Soviet Union. According to a source, "officials at the Communist Party of the Soviet Union believed there was some well-organized conspiracy on the part of the ´ultraright´ in the United States to effect a ´coup.´" The Soviets feared the killing would be used as a pretext to "stop negotiations with the Soviet Union, attack Cuba, and thereafter spread the war." The Soviets also insisted that they had "no connection whatsoever" with Oswald, who defected to the Soviet Union in 1959 but returned to the United States in 1962. Oswald, according to the Soviets, was "a neurotic maniac who was disloyal to his country and everything else."
  19. PESHAWAR: The counter-terrorism department arrested on Sunday four terrorists trying to plant a bomb on Peshawar?s Shah Alam bridge. The suspects had prepared the bombs in two oil cans, according to the CTD. Police also recovered pistols and cartridges from the suspects? possession. The Bomb Disposal Squad reached the area and defused the bombs, the CTD said. The CTD further said that the suspects belong to a proscribed organization.
  20. DUBAI: Militants attacked a Bahraini police bus near the Jidhafs area outside the capital Manama, killing one policeman and wounding eight others, the interior ministry said on Friday. The attack targeted the bus on the Khalifa bin Salman highway, the ministry said, adding that the militant group used a handmade bomb. ?Investigations are underway to determine the circumstances of this premeditated terrorist attack and arrest the group involved,? the ministry said in a statement on its website. The incident was the latest in a series of attacks targeting policemen in the country where the US Fifth Fleet is based. The government blames the attacks on extremists it says are backed by Iran to destabilize the country ? a charge Tehran denies. This month, a blast wounded five policemen on Budaiya road, near Manama, while they were guarding a procession by Muslims marking the annual Ashura festival.
  21. Police officers swarm the Dolphin Mall following unconfirmed reports of an active shooter in the area on August 19, 2017. Geo.tv via Miami Herald/C.M. Guerrero/Files A Honduras citizen with sympathies to Daesh and residing in Miami appeared in federal court on Monday on a charge of attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction in a planned attack on a crowded Miami shopping mall, the US Justice Department said. Vicente Solano, 53, planned to detonate an explosive in a crowded area of the Dolphin Mall and if convicted, he could face up to life in prison, it said. Police issue 'all clear' following reports of gunshots fired in Miami mall Some of the people present in the mall at the time took to Twitter to inform others of what has transpired Solano discussed his plot with a confidential source and two Federal Bureau of Investigation undercover employees. Solano provided three videos to the source, in which he makes pro-Daesh statements and expresses anti-US sentiments, the department said. At his court appearance, a judge appointed an attorney, who has not spoken to media about the case. As a part of a federal sting operation, Solano took possession of what he thought was an explosive device, tried to arm it and walked toward a mall entrance to launch his attack. He was arrested, the department said. The device was inert and did not pose a risk to the public, it said. Solano is scheduled to have a pre-trial detention hearing on Thursday.
  22. MOGADISHU: A roadside bomb killed at least seven people on Sunday - mostly women farmers - in an area outside the Somali capital dominated by insurgents who have defied public protests to end years of violence, residents and the army said. A truck bombing in Mogadishu last weekend killed at least 358 people, with 56 people still missing. Almost all of the dead were civilians and the attack triggered angry demonstrations in the capital. Sunday?s bombing hit a minibus in Daniga village about 40 km (25 miles) to the northwest of Mogadishu. ?We heard a huge crash today and we went to the scene, we saw a ruined minibus and at least seven dead bodies, mostly women. We could not identify some people, they were just pieces of human flesh,? farmer Nur Abdullahi told Reuters by phone. The area of the bombing is close to areas held by al Shabaab, the al Qaeda-linked insurgents who want to overthrow the weak UN-backed government and impose strict Islamic law. ?We are scared,? Abdullahi said ?Hundreds of masked militants are everywhere and we anticipate the government will attack here. They also planted mines everywhere and today we pack our clothes to flee.? An army officer said the death toll might be higher. ?We know the minibus left Afgooye (town) this morning and it was carrying farmers, mostly women,? said Captain Isa Osman of the Somali National Army. ?It was carrying more than 10 people. We cannot get many details because the area is not controlled by government.? After last Saturday?s attack, the government promised new offensives against the insurgency. Somalia has been riven by civil war since 1991, when clan warlords overthrew a dictator then turned on each other.
  23. File photo/ Reuters KANDAHAR: Militants carried out suicide bombing attack on an Afghan National Army base in Maiwand district in Kandahar late on Wednesday night, killing at least 43 military personnel, said Afghan media reports. Of 60 soldiers manning the base in the southern province of Kandahar, 43 were killed, nine were wounded and six were missing after Taliban militants stormed the base in the middle of the night, the ministry said in a statement. The militants sought entry into the base through explosive-laden Humvee vehicles and detonated them at the gate. Following the suicide blast, the other militants entered into the military base and opened fire. The security forces fired in retaliation, while foreign troops carried out aerial firing to neutralise the enemy, killing at least 10 militants. The attack was confirmed by Gen. Abdul Raziq, provincial police chief of Kandahar. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack.
  24. ANKARA: A police vehicle in Turkey?s southern province of Mersin was hit in a bomb attack on Tuesday, wounding several people, security sources and Turkish media said. Broadcaster NTV said that some 12 people were injured in the attack, in Mersin?s Yenisehir district. Mersin Mayor Burhanettin Kocamaz told another broadcaster, Haberturk, that the attack took place on the street where the local governor?s office is located. He said the police vehicle was moving at the time of the attack. An image of the street published on NTV?s website showed smoke billowing from the area, which had been cordoned off by police. Ambulances, police and fire trucks were sent to the site of the attack, security sources said. A blast also occurred a day earlier, on Monday, when an improvised explosive device detonated in Hakkari province of the country, reports stated.
  25. geo_embedgallery VALLETTA: Daphne Caruana Galizia ? Malta?s best-known investigative journalist ? was killed on Monday when a powerful bomb blew up her car, police said, in a case that stunned the small Mediterranean island. Caruana Galizia, 53, ran a hugely popular blog, in which she relentlessly highlighted cases of alleged high-level corruption targeting politicians from across party lines. ?There are crooks everywhere you look now. The situation is desperate,? she wrote in a blog published on her site just half an hour before an explosion tore into her car. Locals said Caruana Galizia had just left her house and was on a road near the village of Bidnija in northern Malta when the bomb detonated, sending her car flying into an adjacent field. Maltese Prime Minister Joseph Muscat ? who faced accusations of wrong-doing by Caruana Galizia earlier this year ? denounced her killing, calling it a ?barbaric attack on press freedom?. He announced that the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) had agreed to help local police investigate the killing and was flying experts to the island as soon as possible. ?I will not rest until I see justice done in this case,? he said in a statement, calling for national unity. Around 3,000 people held a silent, candle-lit vigil on Tuesday evening in Sliema, just outside Valletta. The hashtag #JeSuisDaphne circulated widely among social media users on the island of 400,000 people, the European Union?s smallest state. ?Everyone knows Caruana Galizia was a harsh critic of mine, both politically and personally, but nobody can justify this barbaric act in any way,? Muscat said. ?The only remedy for anyone who felt slandered was through the courts.? Muscat sued Caruana Galizia after she wrote blogs earlier this year, saying his wife was the beneficial owner of a company in Panama, and that large sums of money had been moved between the company and bank accounts in Azerbaijan. Both Muscat and his wife denied the accusations. Looking for a vote of confidence to counter the allegations, Muscat called snap elections in June that he easily won. Recently, Caruana Galizia?s outspoken blog had turned its fire on opposition politicians. Malta Television reported that Caruana Galizia had filed a complaint to the police two weeks ago to say she had received threats. It gave no further information. 'Political murder' Opposition leader Adrian Delia said the blogger was the victim of a ?political murder?. ?Caruana Galizia revealed the Panama Papers and was the government?s strongest critic,? he said, calling for an independent probe of her killing. ?We will not accept an investigation by the Commissioner of Police, the Army commander or the duty magistrate, all of whom were at the heart of criticism by Caruana Galizia,? he said. WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange said he would offer a 20,000-euro ($23,578) reward for information leading to the conviction of Caruana Galizia?s killers, and European politicians expressed dismay at her death. Frans Timmermans ? first vice president of the European Commission (EC) ? tweeted that he was ?shocked and outraged?, adding that ?if journalists are silenced, our freedom is lost?. Manfred Weber ? head of the conservative bloc in the European Parliament (EP) ? said the killing marked ?a dark day for democracy?. Caruana Galizia took aim at politicians and senior officials from across Malta, seeing the island as a hotbed of corruption. ?Malta?s public life is afflicted with dangerously unstable men with no principles or scruples,? she wrote last year. Her family asked that the magistrate assigned to investigate the case, Consuelo Scerri Herrera, be substituted because of an alleged conflict of interest, court documents showed. Herrera had sought libel damages after Caruana Galizia attacked her in her blog. COVER IMAGE: Maltese investigative journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia poses outside the Libyan Embassy in Valletta April 6, 2011. REUTERS/Darrin Zammit Lupi/Files