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New York bombing suspect charged

The US has charged Ahmad Khan Rahami with planting bombs in New York and New Jersey. Thirty-one people were injured when a bomb went off in the Chelsea neighbourhood of Manhattan on Saturday. Rahami had already been charged by the state of New Jersey with the attempted murder of police, during his arrest.

The new federal charges include use of a weapon of mass destruction, bombing, destruction of property and use of a destructive device. Unsealed in a Manhattan federal court, the charge sheet sheds new light on Rahami's motivations.

US terror blasts suspect arrested

A man suspected of planting bombs in New York and New Jersey is in custody after a shootout with police that began when he was found asleep in a doorway. Afghan-born Ahmad Khan Rahami is undergoing surgery for a gunshot wound after the confrontation in New Jersey.

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New York bombing suspect named as Ahmad Khan Rahami


New York officials are looking for a naturalised US citizen who was born in Afghanistan for questioning over Saturday's blast in the Chelsea area in which 29 people were injured. The suspect has been named as Ahmad Khan Rahami, aged 28. Early on Monday, a backpack containing up to five devices exploded in Elizabeth, New Jersey, when a bomb disposal robot tried to deactivate it. The suspect's last known address was in Elizabeth.

United Russia has won a majority in the country's parliamentary election

United Russia, backed by President Vladimir Putin, has won a majority in the country's parliamentary election, far ahead of rival parties.

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New York City blast- the investigation continuing.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation made no arrests in connection with the bombing this weekend in New York City after police pulled over a car on a city bridge, an agency spokeswomen said .

“We conducted a traffic stop of a vehicle of interest in New York City but no arrests were made and no one has been charged with any crime,” FBI spokeswoman Kelly Langmesser said.

She said the investigation was continuing.

The bomb detonated on Saturday in New York, and another device found nearby, were both shrapnel-filled pressure cookers - similar to the bombs used at the 2013 Boston marathon, reports say.

The blast, in the Chelsea area of Manhattan, injured 29 people.
The FBI said it stopped a "vehicle of interest" in Brooklyn on Sunday but made no arrests.

The second device was found four blocks from the site of the explosion and was removed and later destroyed in a controlled explosion.
New York governor Andrew Cuomo said it appeared to be "similar in design" to the exploded device.
Both were different from a pipe bomb that detonated earlier on Saturday on the route of a charity race in New Jersey, Mr Cuomo added. That explosion caused no injuries.

UK likely to begin Brexit in early next year

UK Prime Minister Theresa May is likely to trigger the formal process of leaving the European Union early next year. European Council President Donald Tusk said May had told him the UK could be ready to begin talks by February.

 May's office said it would not be launched this year, but did not confirm Tusk's account. Formal negotiations over the withdrawal cannot begin until the UK triggers Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty, the formal mechanism for leaving the union.

Syrians still wait for aid three days after truce.

Syrians deprived of food in eastern Aleppo are still waiting for aid three days after a truce was agreed. The UN is angry that its aid convoys remain stuck at the Turkish border because permits promised by the Syrian government have not materialised.

Russia, an ally of Syria's president, says government forces are now moving back from a key road into Aleppo. But a US state department spokesman said he did not have "intelligence or facts" to confirm a withdrawal.

UK approves French -Chinese nuclear plant deal.

The government has approved a new 18 billion pounds nuclear power station in the UK after imposing "significant new safeguards" to protect national security.

The new plant at Hinkley Point in Somerset is being financed by the French and Chinese governments. However, the UK government says it will have control over foreign investment in "critical infrastructure". Ministers will be able to stop EDF, the state-controlled French energy firm, from selling its stake in Hinkley.

Former Maldivian rivals Nasheed and Gayoom join hands


Former President of Maldives Mohammed Nasheed says he has come to a clear agreement with long-time ruler Maumoon Abdul Gayoom on the need for democracy in Male. Observing that he could not spell out the agreement he had reached with Gayoom in “black and white”, he said the internal contradictions in Male would play out very soon.

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UK MPs decry Libya campaign

A UK parliamentary report has severely criticized the intervention by Britain and France that led to the overthrow of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi in 2011. The foreign affairs committee accused the then Prime Minister David Cameron of lacking a coherent strategy for the air campaign.

It said the intervention had not been "informed by accurate intelligence", and that it led to the rise of so-called Islamic State in North Africa. The UK government said it had been an international decision to intervene. The action had been called for by the Arab League and authorized by the UN Security Council, the Foreign Office added.

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