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British police said they had arrested a new suspect on Monday over the Manchester bombings, bringing to 14 the number of people they have in custody over the attack. Authorities detained a 23-year-old in the southern coastal town of Shoreham-by-Sea, more than 400 kilometres (250 miles) from Manchester. In addition, police raided a property in a southern Manchester suburb as they step up their investigation into last week's bombing that killed 22 people. The attack, Britain's worst in more than a decade, was carried out by British-born extremist Salman Abedi, who detonated a powerful bomb at the exit of a concert by US singer Ariane Grande. Several of the victims were children, the youngest being just eight. Scores were injured in the attack. Police have been hunting for a network of people connected to Abedi, with Britain's interior minister Amber Rudd saying on Sunday there were "potentially" still members of the cell at large.
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The attacker then detonated his explosive vest after he was surrounded by security force, killing three people. This is while the southern province of Basra, where the bulk of the nation’s oil is produced, remains one of the most stable and secure regions of Iraq, in which bomb attacks are quite rare. The aftermath of a huge bombing attack in Iraqi capital of Baghdad as civilians and fire-fighters look on. (Photo by Reuters) Meanwhile, Iraq’s South Oil Company announced that there was no disruption to operations at the oilfield, but guards at the facilities have been put on maximum alert, authorities said. Meanwhile, Iraq’s Interior Ministry spokesman Saad Ma’an further announced that two explosives-laden vehicles were simultaneously detonated at the entrance to the Abu-Dashir area in the southern district of Baghdad, killing at least 24 and wounding 15 others.
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Seven people have died and 19 fishermen are reported lost at sea after two days of heavy rain lashed Haiti, the interior ministry said Friday. Two young children were among the fatalities, which all occured in northern Haiti, while the people missing at sea were caught in rough weather off the southwestern coast, said ministry spokesman Guillaume Albert Moleon. "Unfortunately, we must deplore the deaths of people who did not follow the safety instructions and tried to cross flooded streams," he said of the deaths onland. In southern Haiti, the soil is "100 percent saturated with water," Moleon said, warning of a high risk of landslides. Work is underway to clear debris from flooded roads, while the search continues for the missing fishermen and maritime officials renewed a safety warning for those venturing to sea. As the hurricane season approaches authorities are concerned about conditions in areas that have not recovered since powerful Hurricane Matthew struck in October.
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Helmand province a top producer Around 50 percent of the poppy crop in Afghanistan is produced in southern Helmand province, which borders Pakistan. The Afghan government says the increase in drug production and trafficking is taking place mostly in conflict-hit areas. “Opium cultivation, production and trafficking take place in remote areas that are under the control of militants, terrorists and the Taliban,” said Afghan General Baz Mohammad Ahmadi, the deputy interior minister for counternarcotics. The Afghan government says it, along with aid agencies, has been trying to help Afghans find a sustainable alternative crop source. But those efforts appear to be failing. Afghan counternarcotics police said they last year seized almost 650 tons of contraband drugs. The confiscated drugs included raw opium, heroin and hashish. Around 2,683 smugglers and traffickers, including 67 women, were arrested last year, Ahmadi said.
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Mechanics transform regular second-hand cars into bold assertions of their personal style and status with the help of top graffiti artists who add the traffic-stopping paintwork. Since the 1960s, car clubs have been competing at shows, not unlike county fairs or rodeos, where they are judged on the custom detailing, painting, interior design and hydraulic modification. Authorities, said to be concerned by the spread of Latino culture, banned the craze on public roads in the 1970s by passing laws dictating a car's frame had to be a certain height off the ground. But mechanics discovered that hidden hydraulics could help vehicles to "hop" up to 1.57 meters (five feet) on their rear wheels at the flip of a switch. Originally confined to the mostly Mexican-American neighborhoods of East LA, the tradition has spread across southern California as far the Mexican border.
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The search continues for two men missing as flooding continues to plague British Columbia's Interior, and the possibility of further rain and snowmelt has the province bracing for more. Warm temperatures and heavy rainfall have contributed to overflowing waterways and destructive mudslides across significant portions of southern British Columbia. RCMP spokesman Dan Moskaluk said on Sunday that Cassidy Clayton, a fire chief in Cache Creek, remains unaccounted for two days after he was believed to have been swept away by a swollen waterway west of Kamloops. The 59-year-old man was last known ...
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Hungary said Friday it has completed a second anti-migrant fence on the Serbian border, a "smart" barrier with night cameras, heat and movement sensors and speakers blaring warnings in five languages. "Hungary is defending its border, and the Schengen zone at the same time," Karoly Kontrat, an interior ministry state secretary, told a press conference in Roszke beside the fence on Hungary's southern frontier. More than 400,000 migrants passed through Hungary in 2015 before a first fence was built and a deal between the European Union and Turkey and other measures dramatically slowed down the influx. But Budapest says that the new two-metre (6.5-foot) high fence, an external border of Europe's Schengen zone, is to prepare for an expected increase in numbers later this year and a possible breakdown of the EU-Turkey accord. Kontrat also said the bloc had failed to set up hotspots for asylum-seekers in Libya or turn back boats carrying migrants headed for Europe from Africa.
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The Saudi coast guard fired on an unmanned boat rigged with explosives, thwarting an attack on one of the kingdom's oil terminals that authorities on Wednesday blamed on Yemeni Huthi rebels. The boat, sent from a small island off the Yemeni coast, was targeting a petroleum products distribution terminal run by Saudi oil giant Aramco when it was intercepted on Tuesday, the interior ministry said in a statement carried by the SPA state news agency. "The boat was spotted when it departed from a small island in Yemeni waters and gained speed after entering Saudi waters," the ministry said. After determining that the boat was unmanned, a coast guard unit opened fire on its engine and stopped it 1.5 miles (2.8 kilometres) from the terminal in the southern region of Jazan, the statement said. The boat was loaded with "strong explosive material," it said.
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Extraordinary pact brokered by Iran and Qatar sees release of 26 members of royal hunting party and evacuations from four Syrian towns A group of 26 Qatari royals held hostage in Iraq by an Iranian-backed militia have been released after nearly 18 months in captivity as part of an extraordinary regional pact centred on four besieged Syrian towns. The royals, many of them cousins of Qatar’s emir, were handed over to the Iraqi interior minister on Friday by the powerful Ketaeb Hezbollah group, which seized the royals during a December 2015 hunting trip in the deserts of southern Iraq. Continue reading...