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Friday 18 April 2014

Bomb blast in Israel

A pipe bomb believed to have been planted by Palestinian militants exploded on board a bus in central Israel on Sunday just moments after it had been evacuated, in the most serious attack inside Israel in more than a year.

The explosion came at a sensitive time in Mideast peace efforts and threatens to further poison what has become a tense atmosphere.

There were no injuries.

SYRIA AIR RAIDS KILL 32

Syrian aircraft pummelled an opposition-held district of Aleppo yesterday, killing at least 32 people and extending the government's bombardment of the rebel-held half of the city to an eighth day.

Since it began on December 15, the government's heavy air campaign has killed more than 200 people. The timing of the assault -- a month ahead of peace talks in Switzerland -- suggests that President Bashar Assad could be trying to strengthen his position before sitting down at the negotiating table.

FACTORY BLAZE CHARGES

Police charged the owners of a Bangladeshi garment factory and 11 employees with homicide for alleged negligence leading to 112 workers losing their lives in a fire that engulfed the factory last year.

It is the first time Bangladeshi authorities have sought to prosecute factory owners. The 13 could face life in prison if convicted of failing to ensure safety at the Tazreen Fashions factory, located outside Dhaka.

MECCA HAS NEW CHIEF

King Abdullah has appointed his son, Prince Mishaal, as the new governor of Mecca, home to Islam's holiest site.

The new post for the 43-year-old prince, who is the king's sixth son, is considered one of the most prestigious positions in Saudi Arabia. He takes over from 73-year-old Prince Khalid, who oversaw Mecca's affairs for six years.

CHILD DIES IN PLUNGE

a man and a child have died after plummeting from a Manhattan building.

Officers responding to the emergency call found a 30-year-old man and a three-year-old child on the ground below the 52-storey building -- near Columbus Circle and Lincoln Centre.

OHIO HERO'S MEMOIRS

Charles Ramsey, The man who famously put aside his Big Mac to help rescue three women held captive in a Cleveland house for over a decade, has signed a contract to publish his memoirs.

Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight and Berry's 6-year-old daughter escaped to freedom on May 6.

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