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Nearly 120 killed in overnight Baghdad bombings claimed by Islamic State

Iraq explosions kill nearly 100Nearly 120 people were killed and 200 wounded in two bombings overnight in Baghdad, most of them in a busy shopping area as residents celebrated Ramadan, police and medical sources said on Sunday.

The attack on the shopping area of Karrada is the deadliest since U.S.-backed Iraqi forces last month scored a major victory when it dislodged Islamic State from their stronghold of Falluja, an hour's drive west of the capital. It is also the deadliest so far this year.


Puerto Rico Defaults on Constitutionally Guaranteed Debt

Puerto Rico defaults The Puerto Rican government failed to pay almost half of $2 billion in bond payments due Friday, marking the commonwealth’s first-ever default on its constitutionally guaranteed debt.

Gov. Alejandro García Padilla defended the historic decision by highlighting the island’s tense relationship with Wall Street firms that own its debt.

Some of these firms stand to lose money as a result of Friday’s nonpayment. Major insurers backing Puerto Rico’s debt could also be forced to pay out as much as hundreds of millions of dollars to bondholders.


Elie Wiesel, Nobel Peace prize winner, Holocaust survivor, dies aged 87

E;oe Wiesel; diesNobel Peace Prize laureate, Holocaust survivor and human rights activist Eliezer “Elie” Wiesel died on Saturday at the age of 87 after a prolonged illness.

A survivor of the Auschwitz and Buchenwald Nazi death camps, Wiesel dedicated much of his life to Holocaust education and promoting tolerance around the world.



2 Florida Counties Added to Algae Bloom Emergency

Florida coast toxic algaeFlorida Gov. Rick Scott Thursday added two counties to the state of emergency declared over bright blue-green algae blooms that are taking over waterways and beaches on Florida's Treasure Coast.

Scott issued Executive Order 16-155 declaring an emergency in Martin and St. Lucie counties Wednesday, according to a statement, but added Lee and Plam Beach counties a day later. The executive order allows state and local governments to take action against the spread of the algal blooms by redirecting the water flow in and out of Lake Okeechobee, which many believe are to blame for the foul-smelling algae that one resident described to the Associated Press as "guacamole-thick."


Clinton Has ‘Voluntary’ Interview at FBI Over E-Mail Practices

Hillary ClintonHillary Clinton was questioned on Saturday as part of the FBI’s inquiry into her use of a private e-mail server while secretary of state, a practice that’s dogged her presidential run, fueled Republican charges that she’s unfit for office, and caused Clinton herself to say she wishes she could take it back.

The roughly 3 and a half hour meeting, which took place at FBI headquarters in Washington, was confirmed by Clinton’s campaign. It threatens more turbulence for the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee days after Attorney General Loretta Lynch was criticized for meeting former President Bill Clinton privately on an aircraft in Phoenix.


California Gun Laws Bring Sweeping Restrictions In Wake Of Orlando Shooting

California gun restrictionsCalifornia Governor Jerry Brown on Friday signed a sweeping package of gun control bills, banning high-capacity ammunition magazines and expanding the definition of prohibited assault weapons in the wake of mass shootings in San Bernardino and Orlando.

Democrats in the legislature rushed the measures through in hopes of passing them before their summer break, in part to try to forestall a competing gun control proposal headed for the November ballot.


Israeli Airstrikes Hit Hamas Sites in Gaza

Iareal hits Gaza Israeli military officials say they have struck four militant sites in the Gaza Strip after militants fired rockets into southern Israel, hitting a kindergarten.

There are no reports of injuries in either Gaza or the Israeli town of Sderot.  Israeli officials say their airstrikes took place early Saturday, targeting sites belonging to Gaza's militant Hamas rulers.


Hundreds evacuated in Detroit suburb after gas explosion

Gas line explosion near DetroitHundreds of people were briefly evacuated from their homes in the Michigan town of Melvindale on Saturday morning after a car hit a natural gas main at a DTE Energy (DTE.N) facility and caused an explosion and fire, police said.

The evacuations were a precaution in case the fire affected natural gas pipelines or underground wires. No one was hurt except for the driver of the car, and residents were allowed to return home a few hours after the fire was put out, police said.


Police: Gunman kills wife, four others in Serbian cafe; 22 injured

Serbia shootingA gunman shot dead five people, including his estranged wife, and injured 22 in a cafe in Serbia, police said Saturday.

The man entered the cafe in the town about 50 miles north of Belgrade and used an automatic rifle, police said. He was captured by police while fleeing.


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