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Saudi Arabia: Explosions near Medina and Qatif mosques

Saudi mosqueTwo explosions have struck near a mosque in the eastern Saudi Arabian city of Qatif, residents say.

Saudi-owned al-Arabiya TV also reported a suicide explosion near the security headquarters of the Prophet's Mosque in Medina.

Witnesses earlier said a suicide bomber blew himself up outside a Shia mosque in Qatif on Monday evening without causing any other injuries.


Prime Minister Justin Trudeau Marches In Toronto Pride Parade

Canadian Prime Minister marches in Pride paradeCanada's largest Pride parade marked another milestone Sunday as a sitting prime minister marched for the first time in a colourful celebration that was tempered by last month's shooting massacre in Orlando, Fla.

A river of multi-coloured floats and marchers came to a halt on Yonge Street and stood in silence along with the masses of onlookers to remember the shooting's 49 victims, predominantly LGBTQ.


Former Jintao aid, Ling Jihua, jailed in China on corruption charges

Jintao aid gets life sentence for corruptionLing Jihua, a former top aid to retired president Hu Jintao, has been sentenced to life in prison by the Chinese government for corruption.

Ling was accused of illegally obtaining state secrets and abusing his political powers by trading favors for some $11.57 million in bribes.


Flooding, mudslides across China kills at least 186

Flooding in ChinaAt least 186 people are dead after rainstorms caused flooding and mudslides across 1,000 miles of central and southern China and more rain is expected.

The State Flood Control and Drought Relief Headquarters said more rain, including the first monsoon of the season, is expected in the next 10 days. The Yangtze River basin overflowed as four to 20 inches of rain hit seven provinces in the past five days; 45 people remain missing, 1.5 million people have been displaced, 33 million people are affected and an estimated $7.6 billion in economic losses has been caused.


Three Barclays traders found guilty in Libor case

Barclay's BankA British court has convicted three Barclays brokers of trying to fix the benchmark interest rate known as LIBOR, the London interbank offered rate.

Jay Merchant, 45, Jonathan Mathew, 35, and Alex Pabon, 38, were convicted at Southwark Crown court of conspiring to defraud between 2005 and 2007. Another Barclays trader, Peter Johnson, 61, was also convicted.


Attack near US consulate in Saudi city of Jeddah

Attack at US diplomatic site in JeddahA suicide bomber has blown himself up outside the American consulate in the city of Jeddah in Saudi Arabia, local authorities say. At least two security guards have been injured but only few details are available.

The incident happened on early Monday morning local time, which marks the Independence Day holiday in the United States. People living in the area reported hearing a loud explosion, said to have been caused by the suicide bomber.


UAE tells citizens to leave robes at home after businessman held as Isis suspect in Ohio

UAE tells citizens to leave robes homeThe United Arab Emirates has urged men to avoid wearing the white robes, headscarf and headband of the national dress when travelling abroad, after a businessman visiting the United States was wrestled to the ground and held as an Islamic State suspect.

UAE media reported that the Emirati man was detained in Avon, Ohio, last week after a female clerk at a local hotel called 911 to report what she had described as a man affiliated to Islamic State, according to the Arabic-language al-Bayan newspaper.


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