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Congress' familiar path: short-term solutions
06:45 AM, 05.23.2015

The U.S. Capitol is illuminated at night as the Senate continues to work late, Friday, May 22, 2015, on Capitol Hill. When senators left town early Saturday after approving a brief extension of the nation's highway and transit aid, they were following a well-worn path. If a program is about to expire and the two sides are stymied over what to do, Congress often keeps the program alive temporarily and revisits the problem later. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)WASHINGTON (AP) — Long is the list of problems Congress has addressed with short-term answers.

U.S., coalition hit Islamic State targets near Ramadi in Iraq
06:43 AM, 05.23.2015

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States and its allies have staged 22 air strikes on Islamic State targets since Friday, including four near Ramadi, the city taken by the militants this week, the U.S. military said on Saturday. Coalition forces also attacked five Islamic State sites in Syria between Friday and Saturday, a statement from the Combined Joint Task Force said. The strikes near Ramadi hit tactical units, armored vehicles and a fighting position in militant-controlled territory. ...

Shi'ite militias deploy to take on Islamic State insurgents near Iraq's Ramadi
06:41 AM, 05.23.2015

Members of the Iraqi army and Shi'ite fighters launch a mortar toward Islamic State militants outskirt the city of FallujaBAGHDAD/BEIRUT (Reuters) - A convoy of Shi'ite Muslim militia and Iraqi army forces set out from a base near Ramadi on Saturday to advance on areas held by Islamic State, a Shi'ite spokesman said, launching a counter-offensive to reverse stunning gains by the jihadi insurgents. The fall of Ramadi, the Anbar provincial capital, to Islamic State on May 17 could be a shattering blow to Baghdad's weak central government. The Sunni Muslim jihadis now control most of Anbar and could threaten the western approaches to Baghdad, or even surge south into Iraq's Shi’ite heartland.

Italian nun moves towards sainthood in first Kenyan ceremony
06:33 AM, 05.23.2015

Choir members sing at the beatification ceremony of late Sister Irene Stefani, a colonial era nun who died in 1930, in the rural town of NyeriBy Humphrey Malalo NYERI, Kenya (Reuters) - An Italian nun, who tended the sick and wounded in World War One in east Africa and died in 1930 in Kenya, was beatified on Saturday, taking the final step before sainthood at the first ceremony of its kind in the African nation. To grant Sister Irene Stefani the title "Blessed", the Roman Catholic church said a miracle had been attributed to her during Mozambique's civil war. Reading a letter of beatification in Latin from Pope Francis at a ceremony near the Kenyan town of Nyeri, Tanzanian Cardinal Polycarp Pengo declared that the sister "from now on will be called Blessed".

Five Tunisian migrants die in shipwreck
06:32 AM, 05.23.2015

At least five Tunisian migrants died on Saturday when their boat sailing to Italy capsized off the Tunisian coast, officials said. "A migrant boat carrying dozens capsized on Saturday off the coast of Monastir ... Naval forces rescued 49 Tunisian migrants and recovered five bodies of Tunisian migrants," a naval official told Reuters. Boat smugglers make use of Tunisia's proximity to the Italian island of Lampedusa to ship migrants there, with Tunisian authorities rescuing dozens of people travelling in unsafe boats in the past few weeks.

Al Shabaab attacks soldiers in south Somalia, two dozen dead
06:32 AM, 05.23.2015

Members of Somalia's Al Shabaab militant group parade during a demonstration to announce their integration with al Qaeda, in Elasha, south of the capital MogadishuBy Feisal Omar and Abdi Sheikh MOGADISHU (Reuters) - At least 24 people were killed in southern Somalia after fighting between al Shabaab Islamist militants and government forces, residents and the rebel group said on Saturday. Al Shabaab launched an attack on government troops on Friday evening in the Awdigle district and Mubarak village in the Lower Shabelle region, south of the capital. Rebels and government troops, which control the two places, also fought there last week.

After break, Senate to reconsider Patriot Act extension
06:31 AM, 05.23.2015

FILE In this June 6, 2013 file photo, a sign stands outside the National Security Agency (NSA) campus in Fort Meade, Md. The Justice Department warned lawmakers that the National Security Agency will have to wind down its bulk collection of Americans' phone records by the end of the week if Congress fails to reauthorize the Patriot Act. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Unable to end a struggle over how to deal with government surveillance programs, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell scheduled a last-minute session to consider retaining the National Security Agency's bulk collection of domestic phone records.

AP Interview: Top UN official says Europe must open borders
06:07 AM, 05.23.2015

SOUTHERN SHUNEH, Jordan (AP) — Borders must be "open to Syrians everywhere," including in Europe, to help ease the burden of Middle Eastern countries that have absorbed close to 4 million Syrian refugees, the head of the U.N. refugee agency said Saturday.

Syrian official: Islamic State militants in Palmyra's museum
06:03 AM, 05.23.2015

In this picture released on Friday, May 22, 2015 by the website of Islamic State militants, shows the Islamic State militants flag, top center, raised on the to top of Palmyra castle, in the Syrian town of Palmyra, Syria. A Syrian official in charge of antiquities says Islamic State fighters have broken into the museum of the ancient town of Palmyra which they have captured days earlier, but have not harmed its contents. (The website of Islamic State militants via AP)DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Islamic State fighters broke into the museum of the ancient town of Palmyra, though its artifacts have been removed and are safe, a Syrian official said Saturday.

Irish voters back gay marriage in 'social revolution'
05:52 AM, 05.23.2015

Men walk past a Yes vote campaign graffiti in central Dublin as Ireland holds a referendum on gay marriageBy Padraic Halpin and Conor Humphries DUBLIN (Reuters) - Irish voters backed same-sex marriage by a landslide in a referendum marking a dramatic social shift in the traditionally Catholic country, government ministers and opponents of the bill said on Saturday. Final results were not expected until later in the day, but ministers predicted Ireland had become the first country to adopt same-sex marriage via a popular vote by a margin of around two-to-one, just two decades after it decriminalized homosexuality. "This has really touched a nerve in Ireland," Equality Minister Aodhan O'Riordain said at the main count center in Dublin.

Greek PM says on final stretch toward deal with lenders
05:41 AM, 05.23.2015

Greek PM Tsipras delivers a speech at the annual conference of the Hellenic Federation of Enterprises in AthensGreece's Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said on Saturday his leftist-led government was on the final stretch of negotiations with its international lenders on a cash-for-reforms deal that would not involve further pension cuts and harsh austerity. "We are on the final stretch of a painful period shaped by the government's negotiations with the institutions," Tsipras, back from an EU leaders summit in Riga, told his party's central committee.

Japan pledges climate change aid to Pacific island nations
05:39 AM, 05.23.2015

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, right, accompanied by Palau's President Tommy Remengesau, speaks following the 7th Pacific Islands Leaders Meeting in Iwaki, Fukushima Prefecture, northeastern Japan Saturday, May 23, 2015. Japan pledged Saturday 55 billion yen ($450 million) in aid to Pacific island nations that are battling rising sea levels and natural calamities as a result of global warming. (Shigeyuki Inakuma/Kyodo News via AP) JAPAN OUT, CREDIT MANDATORYTOKYO (AP) — Japan pledged Saturday 55 billion yen ($450 million) in aid to Pacific island nations that are battling rising sea levels and natural calamities as a result of global warming.

Two killed in grenade attack in Burundi capital
05:16 AM, 05.23.2015

A woman lies dead on the ground at an open-air-market, after a grenade attack by unknown people, in Burundi's capital BujumburaBUJUMBURA (Reuters) - Two people were killed when three grenades went off in a market in the Burundi capital on Friday, a Reuters witness said. The witness said at least nine people were wounded in the evening incident.

Cannes hails premiere of a bloody, stylish 'Macbeth'
04:58 AM, 05.23.2015

Actors Michael Fassbender, left, and Marion Cotillard pose for photographers during a photo call for the film Macbeth, at the 68th international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Saturday, May 23, 2015. (AP Photo/Lionel Cironneau)CANNES, France (AP) — Something wicked came the way of the Cannes Film Festival on Saturday when Justin Kurzel premiered his bloody, stylish adaptation of "Macbeth" with Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard.

Bank of England confirms EU exit research after email misfire
04:54 AM, 05.23.2015

The Union Flag flies next to the European Flag outside the European Commission building in central LondonBy William Schomberg LONDON (Reuters) - The Bank of England plans to assess the implications of a possible British exit from the European Union, it said in a statement, confirming an email it inadvertently sent to a newspaper about the supposedly confidential research project. The Guardian reported that an aide to a senior Bank official said in the email the project should be kept secret from most BoE staff and any journalists asking about it should be told the Bank was looking at a broad range of European economic issues. British Prime Minister David Cameron, who was re-elected on May 7, has pledged to reshape Britain's ties with the EU before holding an in-out membership referendum by the end of 2017.

Islamic State group radio claims Saudi mosque suicide attack
04:48 AM, 05.23.2015

This image taken from a militant website associated with Islamic State extremists, posted Saturday, May 23, 2015, purports to show a suicide bomber identified as a Saudi citizen with the nom de guerre Abu Amer al-Najdi who carried out an attack on a Shiite mosque. The Islamic State group's radio station has claimed responsibility for that suicide bombing Friday, warning that more "black days" loom ahead for Shiites. The attack killed at least 21 people and wounded dozens in the village of al-Qudeeh in the eastern Qatif region as worshippers commemorated the birth of a revered saint. The Arabic bar below reads: "Urgent: The heroic martyr Abu Amer al-Najdi, the attacker of the (Shiite) temple in Qatif." (Militant photo via AP)CAIRO (AP) — The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for a suicide bombing at a Shiite mosque in Saudi Arabia, warning that more "black days" loom ahead in a direct challenge to the rulers of the Sunni kingdom.

German woman, 65 and mother of 13, has quadruplets
04:26 AM, 05.23.2015

The three boys and one girl were born premature at 26 weeks in a Berlin hospitalA 65-year-old German woman, who is already has 13 children, has given birth to quadruplets after undergoing an artificial insemination procedure in Ukraine, RTL television reported early on Saturday. The mother, Berlin resident Annegret Raunigk, is an English and Russian teacher close to retirement and in addition to her 13 children is grandmother to seven. RTL said the new arrivals make her the world's oldest mother of quadruplets.

Both sides say Ireland has voted to legalize gay marriage
03:58 AM, 05.23.2015

Partners Adrian, left and Shane, arrive to cast their vote at a polling station in Drogheda, Ireland, Friday, May 22, 2015. Ireland began voting Friday in a referendum on Gay marriage which will require an amendment to the Irish constitution. Opinion polls throughout the two-month campaign suggest the government-backed amendment should be approved by the required majority of voters when results are announced Saturday. (AP Photo/Peter Morrison)DUBLIN (AP) — Leaders on both sides of Ireland's gay marriage campaign say advocates of legalization have won a resounding victory with the ballot count still underway.

Intense gunfight kills 43 in troubled Mexico region
03:06 AM, 05.23.2015

Members of the Federal police leave a ranch along the Jalisco-Michoacan highway in Vista Hermosa, Michoacan State, on May 22, 2015 where gunmen took cover during an intense gun battle with the policeOnly one federal police officer was killed in the operation, which authorities launched after learning that "armed criminals" were occupying the ranch in Tanhuato, Michoacan state, near the neighboring state of Jalisco, officials said. "Up to now, we have counted 42 suspected criminals killed and three more detained," said National Security Commissioner Monte Alejandro Rubido. While he did not name the gang by name, Rubido said it was based in Jalisco, home of the New Generation drug cartel, a powerful heavily armed group that has become the top target of President Enrique Pena Nieto's administration.

California beach town cleans up after pipeline rupture
03:00 AM, 05.23.2015

Clean-up workers bag up oil deposits from the rocks and beach at Refugio State Beach in Goleta, California, on May 22, 2015A small army of clean-up workers toiled Friday to scoop up crude oil deposits from a picturesque California beach, three days after a pipeline rupture unleashed thousands of gallons into the ocean. The scenic Refugio State Beach and its neighbor El Capitan would usually be swarming with tourists over America's Memorial Day weekend, but were closed until further notice following Tuesday's spill. "The beaches are starting to look a lot better than they did a couple of days ago, but still it will be a long process," said David Mosley, a Coastguard spokesman.

Ethiopia's ruling party touts growth before vote, critics say freedoms suffer
02:55 AM, 05.23.2015

Ethiopian people read newspapers a day before the country goes into a general election in capital Addis AbabaBy Aaron Maasho and Drazen Jorgic ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) - Ethiopians vote on Sunday in an election likely to hand another sweeping victory to the ruling party, which boasts of delivering one of the fastest growing economies in Africa though opponents say it has crushed dissent at the same time. The Ethiopian People's Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) has been in power since 1991, during which time the nation that was shattered by communist purges in the 1970s and a 1980s famine has drawn increasing foreign investor interest. "Our past was bleak but the country has turned around its fortunes," retired teacher Dawit Haileselassie said at an EPRDF rally in Addis Ababa this week where thousands gathered, close to a memorial museum to the victims of "Red Terror" purges.

Accused arms smuggler left Tunisia for Italy before museum attack -official
02:50 AM, 05.23.2015

Italian Police handout shows Moroccan citizen Touil Abdelmajid, arrested on suspicion of involvement in the March 18 attack on the Bardo museum in TunisBy Tarek Amara and Emilio Parodi TUNIS/MILAN (Reuters) - A Moroccan man supplied arms for a March attack on Tunisia's Bardo Museum and then boarded a migrant boat for Italy, where he is now held, a Tunisian government official said on Friday. Tunisian authorities have not yet formally notified Italian prosecutors, who arrested 22-year-old Abdelmajid Touil on an international warrant earlier this week, what he was suspected of doing or when. "Touil entered Tunisia by plane from Morocco on Feb. 2 before escaping stealthily to Libya" where he boarded a migrant boat to Italy, a senior official in the Interior Ministry told Reuters.

Wounded Egyptian soldier kidnapped and killed in Sinai - sources
02:44 AM, 05.23.2015

Egyptian security personnel check cars at a checkpoint near the site, where separate attacks on security forces in North Sinai on Thursday killed 30 people, in Arish, North SinaiSuspected Islamist militants kidnapped a wounded Egyptian soldier then killed him in the restive North Sinai province on Friday, security sources said. Gunmen stopped an ambulance carrying two wounded soldiers south of the provincial capital of Al-Arish, the sources told Reuters. The gunmen shot and wounded the paramedic and took the ambulance and one of the soldiers, the sources said.

Hundreds of youths protest in Nigeria's Kano over alleged blasphemy - police
02:40 AM, 05.23.2015

Hundreds of youths ran through the streets of the northern Nigerian city of Kano shouting "Allahu Akbar" (God is greatest) on Friday to protest against a Muslim cleric accused of blasphemy, and set fire to a sharia court, police said. The young men took to the streets around 10 a.m. (0900 GMT) to demonstrate against Abdul Nyass, from the Tijani Muslim sect, who was due to appear in the Islamic court accused of comparing the leader of his group to the prophet Muhammad. There was no damage, no injuries and nobody died as a result of this," Kano police spokesman Magaji Majiya said by telephone, noting that the protest lasted just over an hour.

U.N. investigates attack on South Sudan peacekeeping site that killed 8
02:38 AM, 05.23.2015

By Louis Charbonneau UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The United Nations on Friday said it was launching an investigation and demanding accountability after eight civilians were killed earlier this week by shells fired at its compound in the town of Melut, near South Sudan's Paloch oilfields. Initially a South Sudanese official had said four people were killed on Wednesday by two mortar bombs. "We have evacuated most of our non-essential civilian staff" from Melut, he said, noting that the 120 blue-helmeted U.N. troops, 15 police and other key U.N. staff would remain.

Mexico gunfight kills 43 as government hits gang hard
02:36 AM, 05.23.2015

Federal policemen guard a ranch where a gunfight between hitmen and federal forces left several casualties in TanhuatoBy Alexandra Alper ZAMORA, Mexico (Reuters) - Government security forces killed 42 suspected drug cartel henchmen and suffered one fatality in a firefight in western Mexico on Friday, an official said, one of the bloodiest shootouts in a decade of gang violence wracking the country. National Security Commissioner Monte Alejandro Rubido said one federal policeman died and another was injured in the three hour battle on a ranch just inside the Michoacan state border with Jalisco, home of Guadalajara, Mexico's second-biggest city. The death toll was one of the heaviest to hit Mexico since President Enrique Pena Nieto took office in December 2012 pledging to put an end to years of gangland violence that have claimed more than 100,000 lives since 2007 alone.

South Sudan gov't says it is in control of oil-producing Upper Nile state
02:35 AM, 05.23.2015

Residents displaced due to the recent fighting between government and rebel forces in the Upper Nile capital Malakal wait at a World Food Program (WFP) outpost where thousands have taken shelter in Kuernyang PayamBy Denis Dumo JUBA (Reuters) - South Sudan's government said on Friday it had wrested control of oil-producing Upper Nile State, the scene of heavy fighting in recent days, from rebel fighters. South Sudanese rebels said on Tuesday they had captured a refinery near a major oilfield in Upper Nile State, where fighting has flared in recent days, and told firms there to shut down operations and evacuate their staff in expectation of a full-fledged assault. "The Upper Nile has been freed from the rebels and from Johnson Olony. Our citizens and our oilfields are under the protection of the army of the government of South Sudan," the president's office said.

U.S. suspends Burundi peacekeeping training over protests
02:33 AM, 05.23.2015

A policeman walks in front of a burning barricade during a protest against Burundi's President Pierre Nkurunziza and his bid for a third term in BujumburaThe United States said on Friday it had suspended training of Burundi soldiers for African peacekeeping missions over concerns that political violence in the country would hamper their ability to participate in such operations. A decision by Burundi President Pierre Nkurunziza last month to stand for a third term has triggered violence protests, a failed coup and caused thousands of refugees to flee into neighboring countries. "The U.S. has temporarily halted peacekeeping training activities such as the Africa Contingency Operations Training and Assistance program," State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf told a daily briefing.

Senate clears White House-backed trade bill
02:31 AM, 05.23.2015

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky. walks to a Republican luncheon on Capitol Hill in Washington, Friday, May 22, 2015. Supporters of President Barack Obama's trade agenda hope to fend off hostile Senate amendments Friday and send a major trade bill to the House, where another fierce debate awaits. Senators also plan to address the government's soon-to-expire authority to collect bulk data on Americans' phone records. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)WASHINGTON (AP) — In a victory for President Barack Obama, the Senate passed bipartisan legislation Friday night to strengthen the administration's hand in global trade talks, clearing the way for a highly unpredictable summer showdown in the House.

West, Africa trade barbs on UN appeal against illicit small arms
02:30 AM, 05.23.2015

By Louis Charbonneau UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Western and African members of the U.N. Security Council criticized each other on Friday after the 15-nation body narrowly passed a resolution calling for global action against illicit trade in small arms and light weapons. The resolution, which was drafted by this month's council president, Lithuania, passed with nine votes, the minimum needed for adoption. Six countries - Russia, China, Angola, Chad, Nigeria and Venezuela - abstained, citing a failure of the resolution to address the issue of non-state actors.

U.N. investigates reports of executions, abuses in Mali
02:29 AM, 05.23.2015

A security guard walks past the United Nations logo at the U.N. Headquarters in New YorkBy Souleymane Ag Anara and Adama Diarra BAMAKO (Reuters) - The United Nations said on Friday it was investigating reports of serious human rights abuses, including the execution of civilians, in northern Mali following clashes this week between northern Tuareg separatist rebels and pro-government militia. U.N.-brokered peace efforts in Mali's north are in danger of unravelling because of repeated violations of a ceasefire between the Tuareg-led Coordination of Movements of Azawad (CMA) and the pro-government factions around the flashpoint northern town of Menaka. The U.N. mission in Mali said on Friday it had sent a team of investigators to verify reports of serious abuses and the execution of civilians, possibly including an aid worker in Tin-Hamma, in Gao region.

Another patch put in place for highway and transit funding
02:29 AM, 05.23.2015

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress has sent President Barack Obama a bill to keep highway and transit aid flowing to states for another two months and prevent shutdown of summer construction projects.

Report: German woman, 65, gives birth to quadruplets
02:24 AM, 05.23.2015

BERLIN (AP) — German media report that a 65-year-old teacher from Berlin has given birth to quadruplets.

Sliver of Clinton emails hint at lingering political trouble
02:23 AM, 05.23.2015

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks to child care workers during a visit to the Center For New Horizons Wednesday, May 20, 2015, in Chicago. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton received information on her private email account about the deadly attack on U.S. diplomatic facilities in Benghazi that was later classified "secret" at the request of the FBI, underscoring lingering questions about how responsibly she handled sensitive information on a home server.

California oil spill harder to clean up in choppy waters
02:17 AM, 05.23.2015

Staff members and volunteers work to clean oil off a brown pelican at the International Bird Rescue office in the San Pedro area of Los Angeles, on Friday, May 22, 2015. A broken onshore pipeline in near Santa Barbara, Calif., spewed oil down a storm drain and into the ocean for several hours Tuesday before it was shut off. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)LOS ANGELES (AP) — A 10-square-mile oil slick off the California coast is thinner than a coat of paint and it's becoming harder to skim from choppy waters, officials said as more dead animals were discovered.

Senate blocks bill that would end US bulk data dragnet
01:55 AM, 05.23.2015

The US Senate rejected legislation early Saturday aimed at reforming NSA intelligence gathering, a blow to President Barack Obama and others who support ending the bulk collection of Americans' telephone recordsThe US Senate rejected legislation early Saturday aimed at reforming NSA intelligence gathering, a blow to President Barack Obama and others who support ending the bulk collection of Americans' telephone records. Senators also rejected efforts to extend the USA Patriot Act, increasing the prospects that the legal underpinnings of the domestic surveillance program will expire by June 1. The House of Representatives passed the reform measure overwhelmingly last week, with Democrats and Republicans uniting in their desire to rein in the National Security Agency's highly controversial program that scoops up data from millions of Americans who have no connection to terrorism.

DC authorities: Ex-con had help in wealthy family's slaying
01:50 AM, 05.23.2015

This combination of undated photos provided by the Washington, D.C., police shows Daron Dylon Wint. The police issued a news release late Wednesday, May 20, 2015, saying they are looking for Wint in connection with last Thursday's quadruple homicide of a wealthy Washington family and their housekeeper inside their multimillion-dollar home. (Metropolitan Police Department via AP)WASHINGTON (AP) — An ex-convict likely had help from others holding a family captive inside their mansion for at least 18 hours, authorities said.

UN chief says save migrants, deal with cause of flight
01:49 AM, 05.23.2015

Ethnic Rohingya gather before receiving medical treatments at temporary shelter in Langsa, Aceh province, Indonesia, Friday, May 22, 2015. Thousands of refugees and migrants have washed ashore in Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand, about half Rohingya and the rest from Bangladesh, according to the International Organization for Migration. The U.N. refugee agency estimates more than 3,000 others may still be at sea.(AP Photo/Tatan Syuflana)YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Saturday urged Southeast Asian nations to deal with the causes behind a growing humanitarian crisis that has forced thousands of Rohingya from Myanmar and Bangladeshi migrants to flee by sea, leaving many still stranded in boats.

US Senate approves fast-track trade authority for Obama
01:44 AM, 05.23.2015

Demonstrators protest against legislation to give US President Barack Obama fasttrack authority to advance trade deals, including the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), during a protest march on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, May 21, 2015The US Senate overcame bitter divisions on trade policy and passed legislation that gives President Barack Obama authority to swiftly forge international trade pacts, including a landmark Pacific Rim accord under negotiation. The measure now heads to the House of Representatives where its fate is uncertain. While Senate passage is a dramatic victory for Obama, the bill clearly faces a fierce debate in the lower chamber, where lawmakers signalled there is intense opposition from within Obama's own Democratic Party.

Suicide bomber kills 21 at Saudi Shi'ite mosque, Islamic State claims attack
01:29 AM, 05.23.2015

Family members of victims and well wishers are seen after a suicide bomb attack at the Imam Ali mosque in the village of al-Qadeeh in the eastern province of Gatif((This May 22 story has been refiled to fix syntax in second paragraph)) By Sami Aboudi DUBAI (Reuters) - A suicide bomber killed 21 worshippers on Friday in a packed Shi'ite mosque in eastern Saudi Arabia, residents and the health minister said, the first attack in the kingdom to be claimed by Islamic State militants. More than 90 people were wounded, the Saudi health minister told state television. Islamic State said in a statement that one of its suicide bombers, identified as Abu 'Ammar al-Najdi, carried out the attack using an explosives-laden belt that killed or wounded 250 people, U.S.-based monitoring group SITE said on its Twitter account. Facebook Page

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