Egypt Independent: World-Main news en Pakistan market bomb kills at least 20 <img src="" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><div>A bomb exploded at a market in a mainly Shiite area of Pakistan&#39;s northwestern tribal belt on Saturday, killing at least 20 people and wounding 40 others, officials said.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The bomb detonated in a crowded vegetable market in Parachinar city, the capital of Kurram tribal district on the Afghan border.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&quot;20 people have been martyred [killed],&quot; the Pakistan military said in a short statement, adding that the injured had been taken to military and civil hospitals in the region&#39;s main city of Peshawar.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&quot;Troops from army and (paramilitary) Frontier Corps are under taking relief and rescue operations,&quot; it said.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Iqbal Zafar Jhagra, governor for Pakistan&#39;s northwestern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province confirmed the death toll in a televised interview with Pakistan&#39;s private news broadcaster Geo.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Jhagra said at least 40 people were wounded in the blast, 12 critically.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Video footage from the site showed chaotic scenes with people running and shouting in panic and victims strewn in front of vegetables shops among smashed crates and pushcarts.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Victims could be heard screaming and crying while ambulances arrived at the site with sirens blaring.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Ikramullah Khan, a senior government official in Parachinar, told AFP that the blast was caused by an IED (improvised explosive device) hidden in a vegetable box.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>In a telephone call to AFP, the Hakimullah Mehsud faction of the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), claimed responsibility for the attack.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&quot;It was to avenge the killing of our associates by security forces and to teach a lesson to Shiites for their support for Bashar al-Assad,&quot; said the group&#39;s spokesman, Qari Saifullah, referring to the Syrian president.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Saifullah warned that his Sunni Muslim group will continue attacking Shiites if they back Assad, whose regime is entrenched in a civil war that began in 2011 and has claimed more than 310,000 lives.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>In December 2015 an IED blast at the same market killed at least 23 people and wounded more than 30.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif expressed grief over the latest loss of life, his office said in a statement.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Kurram is one of Pakistan&#39;s seven semi-autonomous tribal districts which are governed according to local laws and customs.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The district is known for sectarian clashes between Sunnis and Shiites, who make up roughly 20 percent of Pakistan&#39;s population of 200 million.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Pakistan&#39;s battle against an Islamist insurgency began in 2004 after the US-led invasion of Afghanistan forced Taliban and Al-Qaeda militants to flee across the border.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Pakistan&#39;s army launched an operation in June 2014 to wipe out militant bases in northwestern tribal areas and bring an end to a bloody insurgency that has cost thousands of civilian lives since 2004.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>It has conducted a series of military offensives as well as concerted efforts to block militants&#39; sources of funding.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Last year the country recorded its lowest number of killings since 2007 when the Pakistani Taliban was formed.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>But the remnants of militant groups are still able to carry out periodic bloody attacks.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div> Sat, 21 Jan 2017 10:03:00 +0000 Reuters 2475691 at sites/default/files/photo/2017/01/21/507556/pakistanmarketbomb.jpg Four dead, more than 20 hurt when driver ploughs into Australian pedestrians <img src="" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><div>A man deliberately drove into pedestrians, killing four and injuring more than 20, in the center of Australia&#39;s second largest city of Melbourne on Friday, but police said the incident was not terrorism-related.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Police eventually rammed the car and shot the 26-year-old driver in the arm, before dragging him from the vehicle and arresting him. Police said the man had a history of family violence and was wanted over a stabbing earlier in the day.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Pursued by police cars, the man had been seen driving erratically before speeding into a pedestrian mall, ploughing into people, police said. A shop video showed several people diving into a convenience store as the car raced along the footpath.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&quot;We witnessed about half a dozen people that ricocheted off the car one way or another. I saw one person fly up almost roof level of the car as they got thrown up against one of the retail stores,&quot; Sharn Baylis, 46, told Reuters by telephone.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&quot;You could hear the gasping and the screaming from people, then you just started hearing the screams and the crying as it sunk in,&quot; she said.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Baylis said she rushed across tram tracks and with other bystanders and gave cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) first aid to a badly hurt man who had been run over.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&ldquo;I think it was pretty much in vain at that point. The seriousness of his injuries, he was probably the worst I saw.&rdquo;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>One of the dead was a child. Four children, including a three-month-old baby, were taken to Melbourne&#39;s Royal Children&#39;s Hospital, said a hospital spokesman.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&quot;We&#39;re not regarding this as a terrorism-related incident,&rdquo; Victoria state police commissioner Graham Ashton told reporters on Friday.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Police had earlier chased the driver, who was wanted over a domestic assault and driving offences, Ashton said.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><strong>&#39;Guns Drawn&#39;</strong></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Video from a witness showed a maroon colored car driving around in circles in an intersection outside Flinders St railway station in the city&#39;s central business district, with the driver shouting at people and hanging his arm out the window.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Two people approached the car, apparently trying to stop it before it drove off with police chasing.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Witness Maria Kitjapanon told Melbourne&#39;s Age newspaper that police eventually rammed the car.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&quot;There were probably 10 police surrounding that guy&#39;s car, with guns drawn, and they fired into the car. Then they dragged someone out via the passengers side, then all 10 of them sat on top of him,&quot; she said.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Melbourne is hosting the Australian Open tennis grand slam and is packed with thousands of tourists, only a few blocks from where the incident occurred. Police said the tennis tournament continued as normal.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Australia, a staunch US ally, has been on heightened alert for attacks by home-grown radicals since 2014 and authorities have said they have thwarted a number of plots. There have been several &quot;lone wolf&quot; assaults, including a 2014 cafe siege in Sydney that left two hostages and the gunman dead.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Friday&#39;s incident initially raised fears about the possibility of another attack.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Last year, in attacks claimed by Islamic State, trucks were driven into crowded pedestrian precincts in separate incidents in Nice and Berlin, killing scores.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><em>Reporting by Tom Westbrook and Jamie Freed in Sydney, Sonali Paul in Melbourne; Writing by Michael Perry; Editing by Lincoln Feast; Reuters</em></div> Fri, 20 Jan 2017 17:48:00 +0000 Reuters 2475680 at sites/default/files/photo/2015/08/21/43/121107143950-melbourne-bay-exlarge-169.jpg Which countries welcome migrants the most? <img src="" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><p>Recent years have seen a significant rise in the number of migrants around the world, according to research conducted by the United Nations, which reported 243 million migrants around the world as of 2015, representing 3.4 percent of the world&#39;s population.</p><p>Indy&nbsp;100 British&nbsp;news website published a list of more than 10 countries that welcome migrants around the world. The United States came on top the list, as it recently received 46.6 million immigrants, and Germany came in second, with 12 million immigrants.&nbsp;</p><p>Russia came in third with 11.6 million immigrants; and Saudi Arabia ranked forth on the list and first among Arab countries with 10.2 million immigrants.</p><p>The UK ranked fifth on the list with 8.5 million immigrants, the UAE sixth with 8.1 million immigrants, Canada seventh with 7.8 million immigrants, and France eigth, with 7.8 million immigrants. Australia ranked ninth on the list with 6.8 million immigrants, while Spain came in tenth, with 5.9 million immigrants.</p><p>The report referred to the top 10 migrant sending countries in order as follows: India, Mexico, Russia, China, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Ukraine, Philippines, Syria and the UK.</p> Fri, 20 Jan 2017 14:14:00 +0000 Al-Masry Al-Youm 2475676 at sites/default/files/photo/2017/01/20/16030/img_1155.jpg Mexican drug lord 'El Chapo' flown to New York to face charges <img src="" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><div>Mexican cartel kingpin Joaquin &quot;El Chapo&quot; Guzman is expected to appear in a court in New York on Friday, shortly after his surprise extradition from Mexico ended a decades-long career in drug-trafficking, dare-devil jail breaks and murder.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>A Justice Department spokesperson said El Chapo, or Shorty, once one of the world&#39;s most wanted drug lords, was set to appear for an arraignment at the federal court in Brooklyn.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Guzman, 59, arrived in a small jet at Long Island&#39;s MacArthur Airport after nightfall Thursday, from a prison in the city of Juarez in the northern state of Chihuahua, where his Sinaloa cartel crushed the rival Juarez gang.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>A few hours earlier, he was bundled out of the Mexican cell block with his hands cuffed above his bowed head, Mexican television footage showed.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The drug lord is charged in six separate indictments throughout the United States. He is accused of money laundering and drug trafficking, kidnapping and murder in cities including Chicago, Miami and New York.</div><div>Mexico&#39;s court authority said he would be tried in California and Texas, raising the prospect he will appear in courts in the border towns of San Diego and El Paso, which have indictments against him.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Robert Capers, US Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, will hold a press conference in Brooklyn about the case at 10.00 am local time.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>El Chapo was captured a year ago, six months after he fled a high-security penitentiary in central Mexico through a mile-long tunnel, his second dramatic prison escape.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Leading the Sinaloa cartel, he oversaw perhaps the world&#39;s largest transnational cocaine, heroin and methamphetamine smuggling operation, playing a key role in Mexico&#39;s decade-long drug war that has killed over 100,000.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The extradition came on the eve of Donald Trump&#39;s swearing-in as president, a coincidence that some officials saw as an olive branch to the real estate mogul who said he would kick Guzman&#39;s &quot;ass&quot; on taking office.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><div>One of Guzman&#39;s lawyers said he was surprised at the extradition and said four appeals were outstanding against it.</div><div>&nbsp;</div></div><div>Meanwhile, Trump&#39;s election sent Mexico&#39;s peso to record lows. He has threatened to tax Mexican-made products for the US market, build a wall along the border and scrap a free trade agreement with Mexico if he cannot renegotiate it to favor American interests.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Writing by Alexandra Alper; Editing by Richard Borsuk; Reuters</div> Fri, 20 Jan 2017 08:25:00 +0000 Reuters 2475664 at sites/default/files/photo/2017/01/20/507556/mexicodruglord.jpg