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Attack near US consulate in Saudi city of Jeddah

Attack at US diplomatic site in JeddahA suicide bomber has blown himself up outside the American consulate in the city of Jeddah in Saudi Arabia, local authorities say. At least two security guards have been injured but only few details are available.

The incident happened on early Monday morning local time, which marks the Independence Day holiday in the United States. People living in the area reported hearing a loud explosion, said to have been caused by the suicide bomber.


UAE tells citizens to leave robes at home after businessman held as Isis suspect in Ohio

UAE tells citizens to leave robes homeThe United Arab Emirates has urged men to avoid wearing the white robes, headscarf and headband of the national dress when travelling abroad, after a businessman visiting the United States was wrestled to the ground and held as an Islamic State suspect.

UAE media reported that the Emirati man was detained in Avon, Ohio, last week after a female clerk at a local hotel called 911 to report what she had described as a man affiliated to Islamic State, according to the Arabic-language al-Bayan newspaper.


U.N. creates position to monitor violence, discrimination against LGBT

UN creates monitor for LGBT didscriminationA 43-nation panel at the United Nations narrowly approved a resolution to create a new position to investigate and report on global violence and discrimination against gays and lesbians.

The vote was hailed by supporters as a major step toward acknowledging gays rights are part of the U.N. Human Rights Council's larger work reporting on crimes against specific groups like women and ethnic minorities.


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.


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