Monday, August 8, 2016

World News Briefs -- August 8, 2016

First responders and volunteers transport an injured man away from the scene of a bomb blast outside a hospital in Quetta, Pakistan August 8, 2016. REUTERS/Naseer Ahmed

Reuters: Suicide bomber kills at least 70 at Pakistan hospital

A suicide bomber in Pakistan killed at least 70 people and wounded more than a hundred on Monday in an attack on mourners gathered at a hospital in Quetta, according to officials in the southwestern province of Baluchistan.

The bomber struck as a crowd of mostly lawyers and journalists crammed into the emergency department to accompany the body of a prominent lawyer who had been shot and killed in the city earlier in the day, Faridullah, a reporter who was among the wounded, told Reuters.

Abdul Rehman Miankhel, a senior official at the government-run Civil Hospital, where the explosion occurred, told reporters that at least 70 people had been killed, with more than 112 wounded, as the casualty toll spiked from initial estimates.

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Rebel alliance launches 'battle for all of Aleppo'.

Syria Aleppo: Jets pound rebels in key city. Russian strategic bombers hammer terrorists’ facilities in Syria.

US-backed fighters savour victory over IS in Manbij.

More than 290,000 killed in Syria war, monitor says.

Iraqis flee Mosul campaign for packed and underequipped camp.

Millions gather in Istanbul for raucous democracy rally. Turkey's President Tayyip Erdogan stages huge rally in show of strength after coup attempt. Turkey coup: Erdogan backs return of death penalty at vast Istanbul rally.

Turkey's President heads to Russia amid improving ties.

Iran denies U.S. cash payment was related to nuclear deal.

Ex-Iranian president asks Obama for $2B in frozen funds.

US-Israel reignite rift on Iran nuke deal.


Carnage as Taliban kill 70 in Pakistan hospital bomb.

Japan protests after Chinese coastguard and fishing boats sail near disputed islands in East China Sea.

Japan urges China not to escalate East China Sea tension.

Ex-Philippine leader Ramos travels to Hong Kong as 'icebreaker' with China.

American, Australian kidnapped in Afghanistan's Kabul.

Report: China to restrict anti-Kim Jong Un statements online.

Thai referendum: Military-written constitution approved.

Japan's emperor signals desire to stand down, citing failing health. Japan's Emperor Akihito hints at wish to abdicate.


U.S. air strikes show limits on Libya intervention.

Death toll in Angola's oil-rich Cabinda rises to nearly 40.

UN says attack kills 1 peacekeeper, injures 4 in north Mali.

More than 30 killed in Ethiopia protests: opposition. 'About 50 killed' in weekend Ethiopia protests.

Gunmen dressed as priests kill three soldiers in Nigeria's Delta: military source.

Congo rebels kill at least eight civilians in mounting ethnic violence.

Somalia to hold presidential election on Oct. 30.

US proposes an extra 4,000 peacekeepers for South Sudan.


Putin arrives in Baku for meetings with presidents of Azerbaijan and Iran.

Putin: Russia to support resolution of Nagorno-Karabakh conflict acceptable for both sides.

Activists: Russian military hardware sighted along northern Crimea border.

'Like being a slave': Workers on Russia's bridge to Crimea report abuse, deceit.

Western leaders ‘too slow’ on countering Russia – top NATO general.

Macedonia storm: Deadly freak floods hit Skopje. Macedonia declares emergency after flooding kills 21.

Murder of former leading North Ireland militant sparks fresh fears.

Third Spanish election would extend political gridlock, poll suggests.

130 British MPs demand extra security amid spike in abuse, threats.


Wind, doping and VIP robbery plague Rio Games.

Trump, Clinton duel over economy, jobs.

Obama plays his 300th round of golf as president.

Colombia launches big demining brigade.

Cuba blames U.S. open door for migrant surge.

Mexico searches for victims of deadly Storm Earl.

Florida governor criticizes Washington for lagging in Zika fight.


Islamic State militants claim capture of U.S. weapons in Afghanistan.

Isis claims responsibility for machete attack on Belgian police officers.

US releases redacted drone strike 'playbook'.


Chinese trade drop adds to global economic woes.

Delta warns of chaos after power outage, worldwide system failure.

Android bug fear in 900 million phones.

Serious Fraud Office opens Airbus corruption investigation.

1 comment:

RRH said...

If this report is true, we can expect a major and decisive battle for Aleppo. The "rebels" seem to have overcome their differences and are fighting under the Army of Conquesy umbrella. The SAA/allies may be seeing this as the opportunity to destroy this large concentration of enemies and tip the balance permanently.