Britain is marking the tenth anniversary of the deadly Islamist suicide attacks on London’s public transport system.
Fifty-two people were killed on July 7, 2005, when four young British men set off bombs in three subway trains and a bus during the morning commute.
Prime Minister David Cameron bowed silently Tuesday before laying a wreath in Hyde Park, where a memorial has been set up to honor the victims.
“Ten years on from the 7/7 London attacks, the threat from terrorism continues to be as real as it is deadly,” the prime minister said in a statement.
Last month’s massacre of 30 Britons and eight other tourists at a Tunisian [...]
VIENNA, AUSTRIA —Discussions to reach a nuclear agreement between Iran and six major powers will be extended through Friday to provide more time to work out a final deal the United States said Tuesday.
“We’ve made substantial progress in every area, but this work is highly technical and high stakes for all of the countries involved,” Marie Harf, the spokeswoman for the U.S. delegation, said in a statement.
“We’re frankly more concerned about the quality of the deal than we are about the clock, though we also know that difficult decisions won’t get any easier with time – that is why we are continuing to negotiate,” Harf’s [...]
BANGKOK—A Thai military court has released 14 students who were arrested after staging a series of peaceful protests against the military junta. But the students still face sedition charges and there are increasing calls for the government to drop all charges against them.
Calls for release
The student activists all in their 20s had been held in custody since late June after staging a series of anti-government protests against the military’s takeover of power in May last year.
Calls for the release of the students had been increasing including from the European Union and the United Nations Human Rights Office, as well as local human rights [...]
ISLAMABAD—Pakistani officials confirm a high level Afghan delegation held peace negotiations with leaders of the Taliban insurgency Tuesday in Islamabad.
Afghanistan’s presidential palace also tweeted, “A delegation from the High Peace Council of Afghanistan has traveled to Pakistan for negotiations with the Taliban.”
No details of the talks are immediately available, but the meeting is the first direct contact between President Ashraf Ghani’s national unity government and the Islamist insurgent group.
Without discussing details, a senior Pakistani security official told VOA they were “anticipating a major breakthrough” toward opening of a formal peace dialogue [...]
Kenyan officials say 14 people were killed in an attack by al-Shabab militants early Tuesday in Mandera county, close to the border with Somalia. Officials credit the swift response of security forces with preventing a greater tragedy.
Kenya Interior Secretary Joseph Nkaissery said the attack began after midnight, when a group of al-Shabab assailants raided a residential estate in Mandera town, setting off a bomb at the gate to gain entry.
“Immediately after the IED explosion, police on patrol swung into action and engaged the attackers who had gained access into the estate and started shooting residents at random,” he said.
Fourteen people were killed in the [...]
DAKAR—A suicide bomber and gunmen killed scores of state workers Tuesday in the northern Nigerian city of Zaria, in an attack that is likely the work of Islamist extremist group Boko Haram.
The blast targeted employees waiting outside a local government secretariat for an employment verification exercise in the city of Zaria, in Nigeria’s northern Kaduna state.
Governor Nasir El-Rufai said in a Facebook post that 25 people were killed and 32 wounded. Among the dead was a two-year-old.
Zaria resident Mustapha Sa’a was walking by the secretariat when the blast occurred.
“A lot of people have died in the process of screening. And it is very unfortunate in the [...]