#AceWorldNews – Snippets of News – September 09
Explosion injures 8 people in Chile
At least eight people were injured when a bomb exploded next to a fast food restaurant in Santiago, Chile on Monday. The restaurant is adjacent to a metro station. Authorities are investigating the blast, which occurred at around 2 p.m. local time. Two people were seriously injured, while some others suffered hearing loss. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack, which the Chilean government has called a “terrorist act.”Police believe that two suspects who planted the device escaped in a car.
EU could postpone new sanctions against Russia – source
The EU could postpone the introduction of a new package of sanctions against Russia, ITAR-TASS reported, citing a diplomatic source at a mission of one of the West European states. The European Commission earlier said it expected the package of sanctions to get its final approval on Monday. “The package is due to be formally adopted by the member states through written procedure later today,” RIA Novosti quoted Commission spokeswoman Pia Ahrenkilde Hansen as saying.
Arab League countries to combat Islamic State
The Arab League has said its member states have agreed to combat, individually or collectively, the Islamic State group and other militants in the region, AP reported. The group issued a resolution on Monday after late-night meetings a day earlier. The documents do not explicitly back American military action against the militants. However, it said immediate measures to combat the group will be implemented on political, defense, security and legal levels.
Pope Francis accepts resignation of head of Irish church
The resignation of the head of the Roman Catholic Church in Ireland has been accepted by Pope Francis, the Vatican said on Monday. Cardinal Sean Brady announced his plan to retire in August, just before he turned 75, at which age all bishops must offer their resignation, Reuters said. Brady became embroiled in a child sex abuse scandal when a BBC television documentary in 2012 said he had failed to warn parents their children were being sexually abused by a priest in 1975. Brady will be succeeded by Monsignor Eamonn Martin, 52. Martin was appointed last year as “coadjutor” archbishop of Armagh, an important diocese in Northern Ireland whose archbishop has the title “Primate of All Ireland.”
3 German men arrested in Frankfurt over Al-Shabaab links
Three German men suspected of being members of the Somalian terrorist organization Al-Shabaab were arrested at Frankfurt Airport, prosecutors said Monday. They attempted to re-enter the country on Saturday, after landing in Frankfurt from Kenya. The men are suspected of membership in a foreign terrorist organization and of preparing an act of violence in connection with their time in Somalia, the Federal Prosecutor’s Office said. However, prosecutors say “there is no evidence the suspects had made any concrete preparations or plans for attacks” in Europe.
Ruling coalition in Poland backs parliament speaker Kopacz for PM – spokeswoman
Both parties in Poland’s governing coalition back parliamentary speaker Ewa Kopacz to be the next prime minister, Reuters quoted an aide to the Polish president as saying on Monday. Janusz Piechocinski, the leader of the junior partner in the coalition, visited President Bronislaw Komorowski earlier on Monday and expressed his support for Kopacz, according to presidential spokeswoman Joanna Trzaska-Wieczorek. Prime Minister Donald Tusk will step down to take up the post of president of the European Council. His Civic Platform party has already backed Kopacz to succeed him.
Suicide bomber kills 16 at Sunni tribal gathering in Iraq
A suicide bomber killed at least 16 people at a meeting between security forces and Sunni militiamen in a small town north of Baghdad on Monday, AP reported, citing Iraqi officials. The bomber drove his explosives-laden Humvee into the gathering of a major Sunni tribe, the Al-Jabour, in Duluiyah, some 80km north of Baghdad. The bombing was followed by clashes with militants who tried to seize the town, which fell to the Islamic State for two days in July.
Islamist rebels in Somalia pledge allegiance to new leader after Godane’s killing
Militants of the Somali Islamist group Al-Shabaab have pledged allegiance to their new leader after his predecessor was killed. They said the enemies would reap the “bitter fruits” of revenge after Ahmed Godane’s killing, Reuters reported. Al-Shabaab confirmed he was killed by a US airstrike in a raid last Monday. Sheikh Ahmed Umar Abu Ubaida will replace him to head the group, which wants to impose its strict version of Islam on Somalia. The group also reaffirmed its allegiance to Al-Qaeda.
Taliban suicide bomber kills 3 policemen in southern Afghanistan
A Taliban suicide bomber has killed a district police chief and his two guards in southern Kandahar province, AP quoted officials as saying on Monday. The attack took place the previous day at the police headquarters in Arghistan district, according to Samim Khpolwak, spokesman for the provincial governor in Kandahar. The police chief, Abdul Manaf, and two policemen who served as his bodyguards died in the blast. Six other officers were wounded. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack, the movement’s spokesman, Qari Yousef Ahmadi, said.
Israel rejects New Zealand envoy, sparks diplomatic row
New Zealand officials say the country’s new ambassador was rejected by Israel because he’s also an envoy to the Palestinian Authority, AP said. Jonathan Curr was due to travel to Israel in the coming days to present his papers. Israel’s embassy in Wellington said Monday that the matter was a “protocol principle” applicable to all ambassadors to Israel. New Zealand Prime Minister John Key said he was gathering “more information on the issue.” New Zealand’s ambassadors in Turkey have been responsible for covering several areas of the Middle East since 2008.