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Three homemade bombs in Egypt's Alexandria wound 2

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Tuesday, October 13, 2015 - 07:36 PM

CAIRO (AP) — Security officials say three homemade bombs have exploded along the railway of Egypt's Mediterranean city of Alexandria, wounding a couple and damaging a train.

Wednesday's pre-dawn blasts are the latest sign that the restive Sinai peninsula's Islamic insurgency has spread its reach to Egypt's mainland. The insurgency escalated after the 2013 military overthrow of Islamist President Mohamed Morsi.

UN official criticizes lack of women at peace tables

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Tuesday, October 13, 2015 - 05:36 PM

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The head of the United Nations women's agency is criticizing the low participation of women at peace tables 15 years after a landmark U.N. resolution.

That resolution called for women to be included in decision-making positions at every level of peacemaking and peace building.

Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka told a high-level Security Council meeting Tuesday that many of the much-needed changes are in the hands of the 193 U.N.-member states.

Burkina Faso sets new post-coup election date for Nov. 29

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Tuesday, October 13, 2015 - 04:35 PM

OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — Political party representatives say Burkina Faso's presidential and parliamentary elections will take place on Nov. 29 after a short-lived coup in September upset the original election timeline.

Representatives met with transitional President Michel Kafando on Tuesday before announcing the new election date.

Autopsy says ex-Burkina Faso leader was shot some 10 times

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Tuesday, October 13, 2015 - 03:38 PM

OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — A lawyer says a preliminary autopsy says a revolutionary leader killed in Burkina Faso nearly three decades ago was shot about ten times in the chest, legs and head.

Thomas Sankara, a Marxist revolutionary, was killed in 1987 during a coup staged by his once-best friend Blaise Compaore in this West African nation.

Protests over Spanish court probe of Catalan secession poll

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Tuesday, October 13, 2015 - 02:40 PM

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Thousands of pro-Catalan independence supporters have protested the start of a Spanish court investigation into the regional government's staging of a symbolic referendum on secession from Spain last year.

New Barcelona mayor Ada Colau headed the protest Tuesday and read a statement backing Catalonia's demand for the right to self-determination. The rally came after a regional official and a former regional deputy president appeared for questioning over their suspected roles in holding the poll.

Artist plans to render border fence "invisible"

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Tuesday, October 13, 2015 - 02:00 PM

NOGALES, Sonora, Mexico (AP) — A California-based artist is leading an effort to paint the border fence that divides the U.S. and Mexico to make it blend in with the landscape.

Ana Teresa Fernández and a group of 30 artists and painters began their work on the border fence in Nogales, Sonora and Nogales, Arizona, on Tuesday.

Fernández wants to make a political statement about the border by painting it blue that it appears to be invisible.

UN rights expert airs doubts about Belarus election result

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Tuesday, October 13, 2015 - 01:24 PM

GENEVA (AP) — A U.N. human rights expert is raising doubts about the re-election of Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko, saying he garnered the highest margin of victory in any election in Europe since the 1991 fall of the Soviet Union.

Special rapporteur Miklos Haraszti on Tuesday says no independent election monitors could verify the reported 84 percent of votes for Lukashenko. He cited allegations of vote-rigging, including ballot-stuffing and "carrousel voting" in which groups of voters are taken to cast ballots at multiple sites.

Mali official: Attack in north kills at least 6 people

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Tuesday, October 13, 2015 - 01:14 PM

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Mali's army spokesman says at least six people have been killed by suspected jihadists who attacked a convoy escorted by the army in north Mali.

Souleymane Maiga said Tuesday that a truck carrying gasoline hit a roadside bomb about 100 kilometers (62 miles) west of Gao and gunmen attacked afterward. He said six civilians were killed in the attack and two people were injured, including a soldier.

Maiga said three gas tanks were burned.

Col. Diarran Kone of the defense ministry confirmed the ambush.

Journalist says Canada PM abandoned him during Egypt ordeal

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Tuesday, October 13, 2015 - 12:58 PM

TORONTO (AP) — A former Al-Jazeera journalist who was released from prison in Egypt last month says Canada's prime minister betrayed and abandoned him.

Fahmy, a Canadian, said Prime Minister Stephen Harper delegated his responsibility to people who lacked the clout to get him released.

He spoke at a news conference Tuesday, two days after returning to Canada.

Guatemala ends search for victims of slide that killed 280

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Tuesday, October 13, 2015 - 12:58 PM

GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — Guatemalan authorities are calling off the search for victims buried under a massive landslide that killed at least 280 people near the Central American nation's capital.

Alejandro Maldonado is head of the National Disaster Reduction Commission. He says the agency's directors agreed unanimously that it was time to end the search and rescue operation, while work to stabilize and recover the disaster zone will continue.

Maldonado said Tuesday that 70 people are listed as missing due to the disaster.

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