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Rolling Stones rock into Cuba and make history

Rolling Stones in HavanaThe Rolling Stones have rocked almost half a million jubilant Cubans in Havana, delivering a historic concert in a country where ardent fans once listened to their music behind closed doors.

"Hello Havana! Good evening to my Cuban people," lead singer Mick Jagger shouted in Spanish on Friday as he launched into the classic "Jumpin' Jack Flash."

The concert on Friday came just two days after Barack Obama finished the first trip to Cuba by a US president in nearly 90 years.


ISIL claims triple suicide attacks in Yemen's Aden

ISIL claims triple suicide bombs in YemenThree suicide bombs have targeted checkpoints in the southern Yemeni city of Aden, killing at least 26 people, residents and eyewitnesses said.

The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) group claimed responsibility for Friday's attacks, which coincided with the first anniversary of the start of civil war in Yemen.


IS claims suicide bombing on stadium in Iraq that killed 29

Soccer stadium attacked in IraqA suicide bomber killed at least 29 people and wounded 60 others in an attack on a crowd gathered at a soccer stadium south of Baghdad on Friday, according to multiple media sources.

The U.S. State Department confirmed the attack in a statement condemning it.

The blast occurred during a trophy presentation in the village of Iskandariya about 25 miles south of the Iraqi capital, wire services reported.

Islamic State militants claimed responsibility for the attack, according to the Amaq news agency, which is affiliated with the group also known as ISIL or ISIS.


Russia is Flying Israeli Drones Against Anti-Assad Rebels in Syria

Russia flying Israeli drones in SyriaRussia’s sort-of-but-not-really withdrawal from Syria passed without the world noticing that it featured aerial technology from a surprising source —Israel, which provided the high-tech surveillance drones that apparently help the Russian warplanes find and strike their targets on the ground.

The Russian air force acquired a number of 20-foot-long Searcher drones from Israel Aerospace Industries, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of unmanned aerial vehicles, starting in 2010.


U.S. blames Iran for hacking dozens of banks, New York dam

Loretta LynchThe Obama administration on Thursday announced the indictment of seven Iranian hackers for a coordinated campaign of cyber attacks on dozens of U.S. banks and a New York dam from 2011 to 2013, signaling an effort by officials to more publicly confront cyber crime waged on behalf of foreign nations.

The indictment, filed in a federal court in New York City, described the suspects, who live in Iran, as "experienced computer hackers" believed to have been working on behalf of the Iranian government.


Israeli soldier filmed shooting Palestinian on ground

IDF soldier fimed shooting Palestinian on groundIsraeli forces killed two Palestinians who allegedly stabbed a soldier in the occupied West Bank on Thursday, as video emerged of one of the attackers being shot in the head as he apparently lay wounded on the ground.

Israeli rights group B'Tselem published the graphic video on Thursday morning, after the suspected stabbing incident took place in Tel Rumeida, a Palestinian neighbourhood situated near several Jewish-only settlements in the heart of Hebron.


U.S. State Dept. issues travel warning to Europe

US State Department issues travel banThe United States has issued a warning to its citizens in Europe in the wake of deadly attacks in Brussels.
The U.S. State Department alert came as a shutdown of Brussels Airport, targeted in two of three bomb blasts Tuesday, remained in place, causing disruption across the continent.

U.S. citizens traveling to and throughout Europe were advised that "terrorist groups continue to plan near-term attacks" in the region, possibly targeting sporting events, tourist sites, restaurants and transportation.


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