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Nuclear smugglers sought extremist buyers

MoldovaOver the pulsating beat at an exclusive nightclub, the arms smuggler made his pitch to a client: 2.5 million euros for enough radioactive cesium to contaminate several city blocks.

It was earlier this year, and the two men were plotting their deal at an unlikely spot: the terrace of Cocos Prive, a dance club and sushi bar in Chisinau, the capital of Moldova.

"You can make a dirty bomb, which would be perfect for the Islamic State," the smuggler said. "If you have a connection with them, the business will go smoothly."


Ex-U.N. General Assembly president, five others charged in U.S. in bribe scheme

UN bribry probeU.S. authorities charged a former president of the United Nations General Assembly, a billionaire Macau real estate developer and four others on Tuesday for engaging in a wide-ranging corruption scheme.

John Ashe, a former U.N. ambassador from Antigua and Barbuda who was general assembly president from 2013 to 2014, was accused in a complaint filed in federal court in New York of taking more than $1.3 million in bribes from Chinese businessmen, including developer Ng Lap Seng.


Dozens of Palestinians injured in West Bank clashes

dozens of palestinians injured Clashes between Israeli forces and Palestinian protesters continued throughout the occupied West Bank on Tuesday as security agencies on both sides struggled to deescalate tensions.

At least 25 Palestinians were injured in clashes with Israeli forces at Qalandiya checkpoint, the main crossing between Jerusalem and Ramallah, the Palestinian Red Crescent said, according to Ma’an News Agency.


Car bomb attacks kill 57 people in Iraq: police

car bombs itaqt least 57 people were killed on Monday in car bomb attacks in Baghdad and the north and south of Iraq, police and medical sources said.

One attack took place near a crowded market in the town of Khalis, about 80 km (50 miles) northeast of Baghdad, killing 35 people, police said.

"The driver begged police to be allowed to park his vehicle in order to buy medication from a nearby pharmacy and five minutes later it (the bomb) went off and caused huge destruction," police captain Mohammed al-Tamimi said.


US, 11 Pacific Rim nations reach agreement on landmark trade pact

TTPPacific trade ministers have reached a deal on the most sweeping — and to many the most controversial — trade liberalization pact in a generation, in a move that will cut trade barriers and set common standards across the bloc, but potentially at a cost to consumers and employees, say public health advocates, environmentalists and labor groups.

Leaders from a dozen Pacific Rim nations are poised to announce the pact later on Monday. The deal could reshape industries and influence everything from the price of cheese to the cost of cancer treatments.


Palestinian youths killed in West Bank clashes

2 palestinian youths killed by IDFTwo Palestinian teens, including a 13-year-old boy, were killed by Israeli army fire in West Bank clashes Monday, raising concerns about a further escalation after a violent weekend that left several Israeli civilians dead and hundreds of Palestinians wounded.

The 13-year-old, Abdel Rahman Shadi, died after being hit by a live bullet to the chest while another Palestinian protester was wounded in clashes that took place at Rachel's Tomb in Bethlehem, according to a doctor at the Beit Jala hospital.


At least 16 dead due to floods in France's Alpes-Maritimes

France floodingAt least 16 people died and three are missing in southeast France due to flooding caused by torrential rainfall.

The rain began Saturday evening and set off flash floods. The city of Nice in the French department of Alpes-Maritimes received about 10 percent of its average yearly rain in just two days. In the city of Antibes, three elderly people drowned when their retirement community flooded.


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