News: 29-Apr-14

  1. No major challenger for Iraq PM in reelection bid
    Nuri al-Maliki is bidding for a third term as Iraqi premier on Wednesday without any obvious challenger, in marked contrast to the 2010 election when he faced an ex-premier in a tight race.
  2. Suicide bomb kills 20 in Iraq’s Diyala
    BAQUBA, Iraq, April 28 (Xinhua) — At least 20 people were killed and some 30 others wounded in Iraq’s Diyala province on Monday when a suicide bomb attacked the Kurdish civilians celebrating sick Iraqi President Jalal Talabani casting his vote, a provincial police source said.
  3. In Afghanistan run-off imminent between Abdullah Abdullah and Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai
    The stalemate in finding a successor to Afghanistan’s President Hamid Karzai may drag for at least two more months now as none of the candidates have got the required 50% votes in the preliminary results announced on Saturday evening.
  4. At least 16 dead, 1,000 homeless in Bangladesh storm
    A severe storm has left at least 16 people dead and 1,000 homeless in northern Bangladesh, officials say.
  5. Iraq Militants in Anbar Urge Sunnis to Boycott Election
    Militant leaders who are fighting the Iraqi army in the western province of Anbar urged their fellow Sunnis across the country to boycott tomorrow’s vote, where Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki is seeking re-election.
  6. Flight MH370: Military to pull out of search operation
    The search for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 is being scaled back as hope of finding any floating debris has run out.
  7. Syria bars ‘unofficial refugees’ from voting in presidential election
    Syrians who fled the country through unofficial crossings will not be allowed to vote as Assad announces his candidacy
  8. A Widening War: Iraq Intervenes in Syria With Helicopter Gunships
    For the first time, Iraqi helicopter gunships have crossed the border to hit a target inside Syria.
  9. Iran improves ability to pull off cyber-attacks on US, report finds
    Hacking and cyber-spying on US energy firms over the past year point to Iran’s growing capabilities, a cyber-security firm says. China and Russia are more serious threats, but Iran is closing the gap.
  10. Syria militants receive training in Qatar: Reports
    Qatar is training foreign-backed militants operating against the Syrian government as part of Doha’s efforts to topple President Bashar al-Assad, reports say.

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