Lebanon
Lebanon

BEIRUT — The death toll of the twin suicide bombings that rocked Beirut southern suburbs region of Burj el-Barajneh Thursday has risen to at least 35, with more than 180 injured, according to the Lebanese Red Cross.

Lebanon
Lebanon

The two explosions rocked late Thursday afternoon the Burj el-Barajneh area in the southern suburbs of Beirut. Sources said “A suicide bomber exploded himself near a small snack on the main street of Burj el-Barajneh and after seven minutes another bomber exploded himself near the main mosque of the region.” (Lebanon-Beirut-Bombings)
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WASHINGTON — U.S. President Barack Obama has signed an executive order Thursday which lifted economic sanctions against West African country Liberia.

The executive order signed by Obama by taking note of “Liberia’s tremendous progress since emerging from civil war in 2003, in particular its commitment to democracy and the development of its political, administrative, and economic institutions,” National Security Council spokesman Ned Price said in a statement. (US-Obama-Liberia)
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VALLETTA — European Council President Donald Tusk said here on Thursday that to reach a deal with Britain on European Union (EU) reform would be “very, very tough.”

Asked about Britain’s demands for reform of the EU at the end of an informal EU summit, the former Polish premier said there was “no guarantee” of an accord in December when leaders are due to meet. (Britain-EU-reform)
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BAGHDAD — Heavy clashes erupted on Thursday between Iraqi Kurdish forces and Shiite fighters in an ethnically mixed town in northern Iraq, killing six militants and a child, a provincial security source said.

The clashes sparked when a patrol of Shiite Turkoman militants linked to the paramilitary units, known as Hashd Shaabi, refused to stop at a checkpoint manned by Kurdish security members, known as Peshmerga, in the town of Tuz-Khurmato, some 90 km east of Salahudin’s provincial capital city of Tikrit, which itself located some 170 km north of Baghdad, the source told Xinhua on condition of anonymity. (Iraq-Clashes) Enditem

Source: Xinhua

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