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U.S: Woman jailed for life for killing 6 of her own new born babies

(By Estera Popowska)
A U.S woman from the state of Utah has been sentenced to life in prison after she admitted to killing six of her own new born babies, a source said. BBC says the U.S woman, Megan Huntsman was arrested in 2014 after the bodies were found in cardboard boxes in the garage of her former house.

Italy: Over 700 feared dead after boat capsized off Libya

(By Estera Popowska)
Italian officials said Sunday that over 700 people are feared dead after an overcrowded boat smuggling them to Europe capsized off Libya, AFP reported.Only 28 people are reported to have survived a wreck that triggered fresh calls from Pope Francis and others for European leaders to act over what many saw as an avoidable tragedy.

AFP reported that the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) said survivors' testimonies suggested there had been around 700 people on board the 20-metre (70-foot) fishing boat when it keeled over in darkness overnight.

Afghanistan: Motorbike suicide bomber kills 33 in Kabul-ISIS claims responsibility

(By Estera Popowska)
The ISIS terrorist group has claimed it is responsible for Saturday's motorbike suicide bomb blast that killed at least 33 people and injured more than 100 others. A local Afghanistan government spokesman Najibullah Kamawal said a suicide bomber on a motorbike blew himself up in front of the Kabul Bank in Jalalabad early Saturday.

France: Customs seizes cocain worth over US $105 million on sailboat in the Caribbean

(By Bonny Apunyu)
The French customs have seized 2.25 tons of cocain worth over US $105 million aboard a sailboat that was falsely flying an American flag in the Caribbean.
CNN reported Sunday morning that a French director of customs operations in Martinique, Michael Lachaux, said this was the biggest cocaine seizure ever carried out by French authorities.

Australia: 5 teenagers arrested after failed ‘ISIS-inspired’ terrorism plot

(By Estera Popowska)
In what Australian police has called a major counterterrorism operation, five teenage boys were arrested Saturday in Melbourne, Australia.

According to CNN affiliate 7 Network, three of the teens, all of them between 18 and 19, have since been released "pending further enquiries," but two remain in custody.
CNN says Sevdet Besim, 18, has been charged with conspiring to commit a terrorist act, and was denied bail Saturday. The other suspect, a 19-year-old, has not yet appeared in court.

Iraq: 4 killed in suicide car bomb near U.S Consulate-ISIS claims responsibility

(By Estera Popowska)
At least four people were killed and 18 injured in a suicide car bomb attack on Friday near the U.S. Consulate in the Kurdish Iraqi city of Irbil, a local police source confirmed Saturday.
According to Twitter accounts linked to ISIS, the terror group has claimed responsibility saying the U.S. Consulate was the target of the attack, CNN reported.

Breaking news: Car bomb explodes outside U.S Consulate in Northern Iraq

(By Bonny Apunyu)

A car bomb has just exploded outside the US consulate in Irbil, in Northern Iraq, eyewitnesses have reported on tweeter on Friday.

An eye witness, John Artebury tweeted a few moments ago, a photograph purportedly showing smoke rising over buildings from the scene of bomb blast. Another eyewitness said on tweeter that gunshots were heard amidst the car bomb blast.

Somalinet has not verified the authenticity of these reports, and no causalities have so far been reported. More reports on this incident will be reported as new evidence emerges.

Iraq: Top Iraqi militant leader and Saddam Hussein right-hand man killed-officials

(By Estera Popowska)
A former right-hand man to Saddam Hussein, Izzat Ibrahim al-Douri has been killed, Iraqi officials have said.According to BBC, citing local officials, the fugitive Iraqi militant leader reportedly died in fighting with government troops in Salahuddin province, north of Baghdad.

Yemen: Some148 foreigners evacuated to Sudan – says IOM

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) said Wednesday that some 148 foreign nationals have been evacuated from Yemen on an emergency flight from the capital San'aa.

The flight landed yesterday in the Sudanese capital Khartoum, with nearly 70 Ethiopian citizens on board, but also nationals from the United Kingdom, United States, Canada, Germany, Bangladesh and Egypt.