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At least 27 dead in Ankara attack: CNN Turk, citing governor

Ankara attacks kill 27At least 27 people have been killed and 75 wounded after a large explosion in central Ankara, local media have reported.

The attack took place next to a bus stop in the city while there were reports by NTV broadcaster that the attack was in fact a car bomb near Güvenpark in Kizilay.

Several vehicles could be seen damaged by fire in live footage on Turkish television as ambulances could be heard in the background. Gunfire was reported after the attack.


Top French Cardinal Hid Scouts Pedophile Scandal

French Cardinal Hid Scouts pedophiliaFor all those who say that the Catholic Church is doing all it can on clerical child sex abuse—namely the Vatican press office—there is yet another reason to doubt those lofty words. Meet the Archbishop of Lyon, Cardinal Philippe Barbarin, who has denied he did anything wrong by hiding the well-known fact that Father Bernard Preynat was sexually abusing as many as 40 Catholic Scouts in France in the late 1980s and early 1990s.

Preynat was relieved of his duties in the parish of Roanne in 2015 after admitting to the sex abuse. He was indicted on Jan. 27 on charges of “sexual abuse and rape of minors” and has admitted his crimes to the police.


Canadian PM Justin Trudeau to feature woman on currency

Trudeau- Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced the nation will soon have its first Canadian woman featured on a piece of currency.

Canadian $20 bills feature a picture of Queen Elizabeth II and the Canadian $100 bill carries, in part, the image of an unnamed female scientist peering into a microscope.

But Trudeau, a Liberal feminist, said the time has come for Canada to feature one of its own female citizens as the featured image on a piece of currency.


Isis launches two chemical attacks in northern Iraq

Isis uses chemicals in Iraq attackIslamic State fighters have launched two chemical attacks near the city of Kirkuk in northern Iraq, killing a three-year-old girl and wounding up to 600 people, Iraqi officials have said.

Security and hospital officials said the latest incident took place early on Saturday in the small town of Taza, which was also struck by a barrage of rockets carrying chemicals three days earlier.

“There is fear and panic among the women and children,” said Adel Hussein, a local official in Taza. “They’re calling for the central government to save them.”


U.S. official: North Korean submarine missing, possibly sunk

N Korean sub missing A North Korean submarine stationed off the nation's eastern coast was reported missing by United States military officials who observed the vessel.

U.S. officials told CNN North Korea lost contact with the submarine, as spy satellites, aircraft and ships watched North Korean navy searched the surrounding ocean.

It is believed the submarine experienced some type of failure, although it is unclear whether it sunk or is simply floating beneath the sea.


Police: 6 backcountry skiers dead in Italian Alps avalanche

Italian Alps An avalanche struck high in the Italian Alps on Saturday, killing six backcountry skiers and injuring another as a swath of snow hundreds of meters (yards) wide cascaded down.

Helicopters ferried both survivors and the bodies back to the valley floor from the avalanche site, located not far below Monte Nevoso's 3,358-meter (11,017-foot) peak. The mountain is close to the Austrian border in Italy's Alto Adige region.


Palestinian siblings killed in Israeli strikes on Gaza

Siblings killed in IDF air strikes in GazaA six-year-old Palestinian girl and her 10-year-old brother were killed in the Gaza Strip by fragments from a missile fired by an Israeli aircraft, medical officials said.

Debris from the explosion early on Saturday landed on the children's home in Beit Lahiya.

The girl, Israa Abu Khosa, died in hospital on Saturday afternoon having succumbed to critical injuries sustained during the attack, Ashraf al-Qidra, spokesperson for Gaza's Ministry of Health, told Al Jazeera.


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