Wednesday, March 31, 2010

World News Briefs -- March 31, 2010 (Evening Edition)

Chechen Rebel Doku Umarov Claims Responsibility For Moscow Blasts -- Times Online

A Chechen militant leader claimed responsibility last night for sending “Black Widow” suicide bombers into the Moscow Metro as the head of Russia’s Security Council accused Georgia of backing terrorism in his country.

Doku Umarov said that he had personally ordered the attacks at Lubyanka and Park Kultury stations that killed 39 people on Monday. In a video posted on a Chechen separatist website, he warned that more were planned.

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Israel silent on Obama's four-month building freeze in East Jerusalem.

Security Council backs Iraq election results.

Several wounded in Gaza by Israeli gunfire.

U.S. seeks 4-month Jerusalem building freeze: report.

Maliki is block in Iraq coalition merger talks.

Obama wants U.N. sanctions on Iran in weeks.

US pushes Israel to freeze settlement construction.


China signals thaw in relations with US.

SKorea suspends underwater rescue operation.

U.S. forces set sights on Taliban bastion of Kandahar.

Bomb attack kills 13 in crowded Afghan market.

Pre-dawn Pakistan violence kills 32.


Another hate speech controversy for ANC youth leader.

Sudanese President accused of rigging elections.

Niger police arrest officials loyal to ex-leader.

Pirate attacks return to record levels.

Rebels blamed for Central African Republic deaths.

Kenya vetoes Somali wish for troops in Mogadishu.


Belgium moves to ban Burqas worn in public.

Vatican official defends Pope’s handling of case.

Double suicide bombings kill 12 in Russia's Dagestan.

EU welcomes Serbia's Srebrenica apology. Serbia apologizes for 1995 massacre.

Sarkozy reveals rift in U.S.-European relations.


Fearful, angry Latinos might shun US Census.

In Honduras, journalist slayings raise alarm.

FARC release hostage held for 12 years.

Obama to open offshore areas to oil drilling for first time.

Putin Venezuelan trip to focus on energy, arms.

International community pledges billions for Haitian reconstruction. Clinton to co-chair Haiti rebuilding authority.

New chill enters US-Cuba relations after Obama's brief thaw.


Safer subways: easier said than done.

CIA says ACLU-backed plan endangered Gitmo officers.

US Attorney General Eric Holder's trials and tribulations.

US strikes kill 6 in North Waziristan.


Sheik Ahmed bin Zayed al-Nahyan, Abu Dhabi investment authority’s chief, dies at 41.

US churches find no salvation from bad economy.

Eurozone unemployment rate rises to 10%.

Germany, France move toward bank levy.

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