Iraq: Car bomb explosion kills at least 6 north of Baghdad

Iraqi firefighters extinguish fire at the site of a car bomb attack at a garage in the capital Baghdad on January 24, 2017. (File/ AFP)
Updated 12 September 2018
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Iraq: Car bomb explosion kills at least 6 north of Baghdad

BAGHDAD: Iraqi officials say a car bomb has exploded outside a restaurant north of Baghdad killing at least six people.
Iraq’s Joint Operations Command says the explosives-laden car ignited Wednesday outside a restaurant on a highway near Beiji city.
Health Ministry spokesman Saif Al-Badr said six people were killed and 42 wounded.
It was not immediately clear what the target was and no group immediately claimed responsibility.
Beiji, about 250 kilometers north of Baghdad, fell to the Daesh group during its 2014 blitz across northern and western Iraq, and it was the scene of heavy fighting until it was taken back in 2015.
Despite its defeat, IS has been able to launch attacks in areas that were under their control in Iraq’s north and west.


Abbas denies Palestinians refused peace talks with Israel

Updated 21 September 2018
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Abbas denies Palestinians refused peace talks with Israel

PARIS: Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas has denied US claims the Palestinians have refused to enter peace talks with Israel.
Abbas’ denial came after talks in Paris with French President Emmanuel Macron Friday. Abbas asked Macron to pass the message onto US President Donald Trump.
US National Security Adviser John Bolton said earlier this month that the Palestinian de facto embassy in Washington was being shut because the PLO hadn’t taken steps toward negotiations.
Abbas said “we didn’t reject negotiations as the Israelis claim,” adding that the Palestinian side is “ready for any confidential or public talks.”
Abbas also said “the Europeans are working seriously to substitute and fill the American (funding) gap” after the Trump administration canceled over $200 million in aid for Palestinian projects.