Thursday, 16 February 2017

Baghdad car bomb kills at least 48

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Burnt-out vehicles at the scene of a massive car bomb in a used car market in southern Baghdad (16 February 2017)
At least 48 people have been killed in Baghdad in the third blast in the Iraqi capital in three days, security and medical sources say.

A car packed with explosives blew up near car dealerships in the Shia area of Bayaa in the south of the city. More than 50 people were injured.

The Islamic State (IS) group claimed the attack, saying it targeted "a gathering of Shias".



At least 24 people were killed in other attacks on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Locals look at debris at the scene of a massive car bomb in southern Baghdad(16 February 2017)
Baghdad saw a wave of deadly suicide attacks by IS in the first few days of 2017, but the number had dropped until recently.

An AFP reporter at the scene of Thursday's bomb reported seeing numerous burnt-out vehicles, and blood on the ground.

Pregnant Danielle Lloyd 'in talks to pose for Playboy

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Danielle Lloyd could be a layback comeback as Playboy's report talks to return 11 years after she first posed for the magazine.
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The 33-year-old model - who announced she is pregnant recently - took off for the book on a decade away, and reported the two discussed the possibility of shooting.
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According to The Sun, the star was a Los Angeles near the end of last year with her fiancé Michael and held "meetings".

US President Donald Trump launches stinging attack on media

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US President Donald Trump has launched a ferocious attack on the media while defending his record during his first weeks in office.


Mr Trump appeared in a 76-minute press conference where he told reporters their level of dishonesty was out of control.

He cited hostile coverage of his call for warmer relations with Russia.

Critics say his stymied travel ban and the firing of a top adviser point to a White House in chaos.
But the president used his speech to tout his fulfilment of campaign promises, and said his administration was a "finely tuned machine".

He also revealed an executive order on the travel ban is expected next week.

Mr Trump opened his remarks by mounting a blistering attack on the media for underplaying his achievements after he "inherited a mess at home and abroad".

The president continued that he was appearing at the White House news conference to take his message "straight to the people".

He praised his administration for its "significant progress", pointing to a rising stock market and a crackdown on illegal immigrants as examples of his success.

He also dismissed claims that his administration has had a chaotic start.

"This administration is running like a fine-tuned machine," he said.

His news conferences comes after Mr Trump's national security adviser was forced to resign and his labour secretary withdrew his nomination.

Mr Trump also suggested he would replace his controversial executive order temporarily barring travel from seven Muslim-majority countries next week with a new, revised order.
He said the rollout of the travel ban was "very smooth" despite legal challenges his administration has faced.

Court documents released on Thursday also showed Mr Trump plans to rescind and replace the travel ban instead of having a larger appellate panel review the ruling.

A three-judge panel of the 9th Circuit last week upheld a lower-court decision that suspended the ban.
Mr Trump also criticised the 9th Circuit during his news conference, claiming the court was "in turmoil".

Pakistan: IS attack on Sufi shrine in Sindh kills dozens

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Pakistani devotees gather on 18 June, 2014 at the shrine of 13th century Muslim Sufi saint Lal Shahbaz Qalandar, in Sehwan



A suicide attack in a popular shrine in southern Pakistan has killed at least 72 people, police say.
The bomber blew himself up among devotees in the shrine of Sufi saint Lal Shahbaz Qalandar in the town of Sehwan, in Sindh province, police said.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has condemned the attack, which has been claimed by so-called Islamic State.

                                Injured Pakistani blast victims are treated at a local hospital after a bomb explosion in the shrine

A surge of attacks this week has shattered a period of improving security in Pakistan.

The shrine was crowded as Thursday is considered a sacred day for Muslims to pray there.
The blast, in one of the country's most revered shrines, is the deadliest in a string of bombings in Pakistan this week, claimed by the Pakistani Taliban and other Islamist militants.

The Edhi Welfare Trust, which runs the country's largest ambulance service, said 43 of the dead were men, nine women and 20 children.

At least 250 others were wounded, a senior police official told the BBC. The only hospital in the area was said to be overwhelmed.

Pakistani hospital staff make arrangements outside an emergency ward for the victims of suicide bombing at a famous shrine in interior Sind province, in Karachi

The critically injured were being sent by ambulance to Jamshoro and Hyderabad, some two hours away. The military said navy helicopters capable of flying at night would be sent to airlift the critically injured.

Prime Minister Sharif has vowed to fight the militants who have carried out attacks.
"The past few days have been hard, and my heart is with the victims," he said in a statement.
"But we can't let these events divide us, or scare us. We must stand united in this struggle for the Pakistani identity, and universal humanity."

Sufism has been practised in Pakistan for centuries. Most of the country's radical Sunni militant groups despise the Sufis, as well as Shia Muslims, as heretics.

Two separate bombings in the country's north-west killed at least seven people on Wednesday.
And on Monday, at least 13 people died in a suicide bombing in the eastern city of Lahore. A faction of the Pakistani Taliban, Jamaat-ur-Ahrar, said it had carried out that attack.