CAIRO: Video interviews with survivors of a deadly attack by Islamic militants on a bus taking Egyptian Christians to a remote desert monastery are painting a picture of untold horror, with children hiding under their seats to escape gunfire.
BAGHDAD: The advance of government troops slowed on Sunday in the last push to drive Daesh terrorists from remaining pockets of Mosul, two Iraqi military officers said.
On Saturday, US-backed Iraqi forces began a new offensive to recapture the Old City from three directions.
Hours after announcing the push, the government said two military officers were killed in clashes in the Shafaa neighborhood on the Tigris River.
Daesh militants have deployed snipers, suicide car bombers and suicide attackers on foot, the officers said.
JERUSALEM: Israel’s government has approved plans to install a cable car to Jerusalem’s Old City, a project likely to anger Palestinians and much of the international community. The plan would see a former railway station in west Jerusalem linked by cable car to the Old City in east Jerusalem, occupied by Israel in 1967 and later annexed in a move never recognized by the international community. It would stop at the Dung Gate entrance to the Old City near the Western Wall, traversing some 1.4 km. Current estimates say the cable car will begin operating in 2021.
ROME: A strike at Italian carrier Alitalia, placed in administration earlier this month, grounded 200 flights Sunday, the airline said, adding it managed to reassign some 80 percent of passengers affected.
Alitalia, which has been stacking up losses for years, was placed in administration on May 2 at the demand of shareholders after staff rejected a €2 billion ($2.3 billion) rescue plan involving pay cuts and 1,700 job losses.
QUEBEC CITY: Said El-Amari doesn’t usually go to the mosque on Sundays. But he made an exception on Jan. 29 to attend evening prayers at the Islamic Cultural Center of Quebec.
That was the day a gunman opened fire inside, killing six people and leaving Canada’s Muslim community reeling.
“The images still haunt me,” says El-Amari, who was wounded in the shooting.
It began minutes after the prayers ended. The 40-year-old father of four was heading toward the exit when he heard the shots and quickly sought refuge in a corner.
KATMANDU: Rescuers have retrieved the body of an Indian climber who died on Mount Everest and airlifted it to Katmandu on Sunday, along with those of two others who perished last year.
Ravi Kumar, 27, died this month after summiting the world’s highest mountain and becoming separated from his guide soon afterwards.
His body was spotted last Monday about 200 meters from the main route which climbers follow to the summit. Rescuers said its recovery was a risky operation.
Yangon: Myanmar’s ultra-nationalist Ma Ba Tha movement announced Sunday it was rebranding under a new name, days after Buddhist authorities banned the network which has been accused of stoking Islamophobia.
The monk-led movement grew in strength under the country’s previous military-backed government, peddling a form of hard-line Buddhist nationalism that intensified sectarian tensions with minority Muslims.
ANCHORAGE, Alaska: Officials on Friday posthumously honored more than a dozen members of a largely Alaska Native citizen militia who protected the US territory from the threat of Japanese invasion during World War II, bringing closure to their families for a service that went unrecognized for decades. Gov. Bill Walker and state veterans affairs officials presented Army discharge papers to the relatives of 16 deceased members of the Alaska Territorial Guard during a ceremony ahead of Memorial Day weekend.
WASHINGTON: Donald Trump, just back from his first international trip as US president, geared up to combat concerns Sunday over aides’ ties to Russia including explosive reports that his son-in-law sought a secret communications line with Moscow. The latest furor was stirred up after The Washington Post reported late Friday that Jared Kushner — arguably Trump’s closest White House aide, and husband to the president’s eldest daughter Ivanka — made a pre-inauguration proposal to the Russian ambassador to set up a secret, bug-proof link with the Kremlin.
WASHINGTON: Preparing for North Korea’s growing threat, the Pentagon will try to shoot down an intercontinental-range missile for the first time in a test next week. The goal is to more closely simulate a North Korean ICBM aimed at the US homeland, officials said Friday.