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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.


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.



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.


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.


20 hostages killed, 13 saved in Bangladesh restaurant attack

20 hostages die in DhakaBangladeshi forces stormed an upscale Dhaka restaurant to end a hostage-taking by heavily armed militants early Saturday, killing six of the attackers and rescuing 13 captives including foreigners. The military said 20 hostages were killed during the 10-hour standoff, and a survivor's father said the attackers spared people who could recite verses from the Quran.

The attack marks an escalation in militant violence that has hit the traditionally moderate Muslim-majority nation with increasing frequency in recent months. Previous attacks involved machete-wielding men singling out individual activists, foreigners and religious minorities.


Police battle gunmen in Bangladeshi capital Dhaka; hostages taken

Holey Artisan cafe attackSeveral police officials have been wounded in the apparent terrorist attack, at least 20 civilians, mostly foreigners, held hostage inside the restaurant, according to witness accounts.

This is a breaking story.  Check for updates.

They Rescued This Town from ISIS, Then Lost It

Rebels took, then lost town to ISILA daring mission by U.S.-backed Syrian rebels to infiltrate and take over an ISIS stronghold ended in calamity Wednesday as the jihadist group not only resisted the assault, but killed several rebels and confiscated their materiel.

The New Syrian Army (NSA), a Pentagon-trained counterterrorism force, dispatched 200 of its 300 fighters into al-Bukamal, a key gateway city on the border between Syria and Iraq where the Euphrates River crosses the frontier.


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