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Explosion Aboard Jerusalem Bus Injures 16 People

Explosion on Jerusalem busAn explosion tore through a bus in Jerusalem on Monday and set a second bus on fire, wounding 16 people in what an Israeli official said was a bombing.

Israeli media said a man who was seriously injured and not carrying any identification papers was under investigation on suspicion he was responsible.


Israeli army charges soldier for killing wounded Palestinian

Israeli soldier charged with manslaughterAn Israeli military court charged a soldier on Monday with manslaughter for last month's fatal shooting of a wounded Palestinian attacker in the West Bank, an incident caught on tape that has deeply divided the nation.

The soldier, a medic, Sgt. Elor Azaria, has also been charged with inappropriate military conduct. The shooting took place last month in Hebron, a West Bank city that has been a focal point of a seven-month wave of Israeli-Palestinian violence.


Philippines candidate Duterte condemned over rape comments

DuterteA video of leading Philippines presidential candidate Rodrigo Duterte joking about a murdered Australian rape victim has provoked a storm of protest.

The footage shows Mr Duterte and his supporters making light of the assault by prison inmates in 1989 when he was town mayor.

He said the female missionary was so beautiful that "the mayor should have been first".


Third in series of quakes strikes southern Japan, rescue efforts hampered

Third earthquake hits JapanTroops have been deployed to southern Japan after three powerful tremors rocked the region in as many days, leaving a total of an estimated 32 dead.

A major tremor rocked southern Japan on early Saturday in the same region where a quake hit late Thursday, leaving up to 10 dead, according to some reports. Seismologists now believe Thursday's quake, magnitude-6.5, was a "foreshock" leading up to the first of Saturday's two tremors, which had a magnitude of 7.4 on the Richter scale. That quake struck overnight. Hours later, a third tremor measuring 5.3 struck, which seismologists consider an aftershock.


Report: Saudis threaten to sell off US assets over 9/11 bill

Saudis threaten to remove assets in USSaudi Arabia is warning the Obama administration of financial repercussions if Congress passes a bill that would allow the Saudi government be held responsible in American courts for any role in the 9/11 attacks, according to a Saturday New York Times report.

The government is threatening to sell off hundreds of billions of dollars’ worth of American assets held by the kingdom if Congress passes the bill.


Pope offers home to 12 Syria refugees after Lesbos trip

Pope in LesbosPope Francis has taken 12 Syrians, all of them Muslim, back with him to the Vatican after his visit to the Greek island of Lesbos to highlight the plight of thousands of people seeking to reach Western Europe from Turkey.

The three families, including six children, met with Francis on the tarmac and boarded his plane following his five-hour trip to the island on the frontline of the ongoing refugee crisis.


7.0 quake strikes Japan; rescuers try to free residents

Japan earthquakeDaybreak in Japan should reveal the extent of the damage from a magnitude-7.0 earthquake that struck early Saturday on Kyushu island, the same region hit by a 6.2 quake two days earlier.
One person was killed and numerous buildings were damaged, said Kumamoto Prefecture's disaster management office.

Rescuers scrambled to find survivors. TV Asahi showed crews crawling over a collapsed roof in an attempt to find an elderly couple. An 80-year-old man was pulled from the rubble, TV Asahi said.


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