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child in Gaza
An Israeli air strike killed a Palestinian
mother and daughter in the Gaza Strip
overnight and police, confronting a
surge of stabbing attacks in Israel, said
they foiled an attempt to drive a car
bomb into Jerusalem.
Four Israelis and 23 Palestinians have
died in 12 days of bloodshed that has
spread from Jerusalem and the Israeli-
occupied West Bank to Israel’s interior
and Hamas-ruled Gaza.
Israel said its aircraft targeted a Hamas
facility in Gaza Strip after cross-border
rocket fire. Palestinian medical officials
said a pregnant woman and her three-
year-old daughter living near the site
were killed when their house collapsed.
On a West Bank road leading to
Jerusalem, police pulled over a car driven
by a Palestinian woman who they said
shouted, “God is great ” and detonated
an explosive when an officer approached.
The woman was seriously wounded and
the officer was also hurt.
“ We foiled a car bomb attack,” Rafi
Cohen, a police commander, said at the
scene. “ We have no doubt the woman
terrorist who drove the vehicle intended
to reach Jerusalem.”
The car was only slightly damaged by
the blast and Cohen said there were
more explosives still in the vehicle. He
declined to elaborate but Army Radio
reported gas canisters were found inside.
Palestinians have so far not used
bombs — a hallmark of their second
uprising, from 2000 to 2005 — in the
current violence, which Israeli leaders
have described as a “wave of terror”
falling short of an organised “intifada”.
Against a backdrop of Muslim protests
over Jewish access to al Aqsa mosque
compound in Jerusalem, revered by
Jews as the site of Biblical temples,
Palestinians have been attacking Israelis
with knives, rocks and, on at least one
Palestinians see increasing visits over
the past year by Jewish groups and
right-wing lawmakers to the al Aqsa
plaza, which is Islam’s third holiest site,
as eroding Muslim religious control of
Israel has said repeatedly it has no
intention of allowing any change to the
status quo under which Jews are allowed
to visit the site but non-Muslim prayer
The almost-daily Palestinian knife
attacks and clashes between Israeli
soldiers and stone-throwing Palestinians
have not reached the intensity of past
Palestinian uprisings, but the rapid
escalation has stirred talk of a third
Amos Gilad, a senior Israeli defence
official, said security co-operation
with the Palestinian Authority, which
exercises limited self-rule in the West
Bank, was continuing. “ The Palestinian
Authority is not interested in matters
deteriorating, because then they would
be swallowed up in the cloud of violence
and the fire and terror that is liable to
develop,” he told Army Radio. —Reuters
Ten people are now known to
have died, including a baby and
children, after a pre-dawn fire at a
site in D ublin housing members
of the traveller community.
“ We can confirm 10 fatalities
now,” an Irish police spokesman
said after Saturday ’s fire, but he
could not say how many were
Members of two related
families are believed to have died,
including a baby as young as six
“ Unfortunately a husband and
wife, their four sons and baby
daughter and other relations are
lost,” Irish Prime Minister Enda
“ It’s such an unspeakable
tragedy to have an entire family
wiped out in a horrific inferno,”
A number of other people
were taken to hospital after
inhaling smoke at the site made
up of caravans and prefabricated
Dublin Fire Ser vice said it was
too early to establish the cause
of the fire in the south Dublin
suburb of Carrickmines, which is
about 16km from the city centre.
A police source said the fire did
not appear suspicious but that a
forensic investigation was under
way to discover the cause and
how it spread.
Irish President Michael D
Higgins described the incident as
a “dreadful tragedy”.
He added in a statement: “My
thoughts at this time are with the
families and friends of those who
have lost their lives and those
who have been injured.”
Local councillor Peter O’Brien
said: “People went to bed on a
Friday night looking for ward to
the weekend and never woke up.
“That ’s a hard thing to get your
head around,” he said at the scene.
The Southside Traveller Action
Group, which offers support to
travellers in the area, said the
community was “in a state of
shock at the devastating” events.
People left homeless by the
fire will be accommodated by
authorities in D ublin, the group
said in a statement.
“ It is our understanding that . .
. the names of the deceased will
not be released today,” it added.
Fire kills 10 in Ireland
An aerial photograph shows the devastation at the scene of the tragic fire at Glenmaluck Road,
Carrickmines, near Dublin.
hit 63 IS targets
Russian fighter aircraft have hit 63
Islamic State targets in Syria in the
past 24 hours as Moscow intensifies a
campaign it says is aimed against the
“Su-34, Su-24M and Su-25SM
planes carried out 64 sorties from the
Hmeimim airbase against 63 targets in
the provinces of Hama, Latakia, Idlib
and Raqa,” the defence ministry said in a
The Russian military claimed that the
air strikes had destroyed 53 positions
used by the “terrorists”, as well as a
command post, four training camps and
seven ammunition depots.
Russia said its campaign in the war-
torn country was rattling IS fighters,
claiming that radio intercepts showed
“growing panic ” among them.
On Saturday, the defence ministry
claimed that fighters were running low
on arms, ammunition and fuel, leading
them to abandon their combat positions
for the country’s east and north-east.
Defence ministry spokesman Igor
Konashenkov said the Russian side had
noted progress in its negotiations with
the Pentagon on preventing accidents
in Syrian air space, where a United
States-led coalition is leading a separate
bombing campaign. — AFP
IS targeted in 24 US air strikes
The United States and its allies staged
24 air strikes on Islamic State in Syria
and Iraq on Saturday, the Combined
Joint Task Force said in a statement
Seventeen of the attacks were in Iraq,
targeting Islamic State near 10 cities and
hitting tactical units, buildings, weapons,
fighting positions and other assets, the
task force said.
In Syria, seven strikes struck similar
targets, as well as a crude oil collection
point. — Reuters
Turkey is targeting Islamic State
in investigations of a double suicide
bombing in Ankara that killed up to 128
people, officials said overnight, while
opponents of President Tayyip Erdogan
blamed him for the worst such attack in
Government officials made clear that
despite alarm over the attack on a rally
of pro-Kurdish activists and civic groups,
there would be no postponement of
November polls Erdogan hopes can
restore an overall majority for the AK
Party he founded.
Thousands of people gathered near
the scene of the attack at Ankara’s main
railway station, many accusing Erdogan
of stirring nationalist sentiment by his
pursuit of a military campaign against
Kurdish militants, a charge Ankara
police”, the crowd chanted in Sihhiye
square, as riot police backed by water
cannon vehicles blocked a main highway
leading to the district where parliament
and government buildings are located.
The pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic
Party (HDP), a major presence at
Saturday ’s march and holding seats
in parliament, said police attacked its
leaders and members as they tried to
leave carnations at the scene. Some were
hurt in the melee, it said in a statement.
The attacks have shocked a nation beset
by resurgent conflict with the militant
Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) in its
south-east and increasingly threatened
by the war in neighbouring Syria spilling
over the border.
Islamic State fighters are encamped
close to its borders, which mark also
the frontier of the Nato alliance, and
last week Russia launched air strikes in
Syria, its planes violating Turkish air
space on several occasions.
Two senior security sources said
initial signs suggested Islamic State was
behind the Ankara attack, and that it
bore striking similarity to a July suicide
bombing in Suruc near the Syrian border,
also blamed on the radical Islamists.
“All signs indicate that the attack may
have been carried out by Isil (Islamic
State). We are completely focused on
Isil,” one of the sources said.
CHP opposition leader Ahmet
Kilicdaroglu, speaking after a meeting
with Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu,
said he had been told both suicide
bombers were men.
State-run Anadolu Agency said police
detained 43 suspects in operations
targeting the Islamic State across Turkey
from Sanliurfa in the south-east to Izmir
in the west and Antalya on the south
coast. It was not clear when they were
The Haberturk newspaper reported
police sources as saying the type of
explosive and the choice of target
pointed to a group within Islamic State
known as the ‘Adiyaman ones’, referring
to Adiyaman province in south-east
Turkey. — Reuters
Turkey sees IS hand
in Ankara bombings
A new album of Elvis songs
has Britain’s Royal Philharmonic
Orchestra backing the soulful voice
of the king of rock and roll.
Priscilla Presley has endorsed
the project which was recorded at
London’s Abbey Road Studios, where
The Beatles made most of their hits.
Due out on October 30, the album,
entitled If I Can Dream, gives Presley’s
songs the sort of huge backing he
always wanted in studio recordings
but only got during his 1970s Las
Vegas concerts, Priscilla said.
“ Elvis loved bigness,” she told
She recounted how his manager
Colonel Tom Parker would, on
studio recordings, sneakily insist that
the backing track volume be turned
down and Presley’s voice brought up
“ When Elvis heard this was
happening, he went ballistic. So
this is what the songs would have
sounded like. He wanted it dramatic,
he wanted to feel it,” the 70-year-old
“ We’ve just added to it to make it
the sound that Elvis truly would have
loved to have had.
“Because if you ever saw him on the
stage in Las Vegas, this is what you
The album mixes hits with lesser-
known tracks deemed ripe for a
The 14 songs span from the early
1950s to his death in 1977 at 42.
The project to give Elvis’s recordings
a full orchestral backing was a
15-month labour of love for Priscilla
and producers Don Reedman and
The album includes It’s Now or
Never, You’ve Lost That Loving
Feeling, Bridge O ver Troubled
Water, Can’t Help Falling in Love,
In the Ghetto, How Great Thou Art
and An American Trilogy.
Fever is reformulated as a duet with
Canadian crooner Michael Buble,
over a powerful new backdrop that
swells like a James Bond movie
Hours of painstaking work went
into extracting Presley’s voice from
the original tapes, using modern
technology to paint out the music
that leaked from his loud headphones
on to the vocal microphone.
Nonetheless, the producers kept the
original backing track around for the
orchestra so they could play along to
the same sounds as Presley did.
In a reversal of the regular process,
the orchestra worked around the
singer’s vocals, which Patrick
compared to fitting “the most
exquisite Savile Row suit around the
most exquisite singer imaginable”.
A vinyl version will be released on
November 6, while a deluxe edition
contains three extra tracks. — AFP
New Elvis album recorded at Beatles studio
parents lost to Bali bombs
Teens who were toddlers when they lost
their parents to the 2002 Bali bombings
are stepping up to honour them.
A commemorative concert in Kuta
tonight will feature song, dance and
poetry from teens who barely remember
the terrorism attack that claimed 202
But they have grown up in its shadow,
Thiolina Marpaung, of the Isana Dewata
Foundation, which supports 54 victims’
Among them are nine people like
herself, who suffered injuries from the
blasts in Kuta’s busy nightclub hub.
Marpaung said victims and their
families want to remind the world they
will never forget the incident and those
who died. “ The story of victims, the story
of the bombing, will never fade away
from my life, as long as I live,” she said.
“The children who were only about two
years old when their father or mother
died; they ’re now grown up.
“ Now, they can explain their longing
with how great they are at artistic
Isana Dewata is also supporting efforts
to turn the former site of the Sari Club
into a memorial peace park.
Negotiations to buy what is now a run-
down car park have stalled.
Antony Svilicich from the Perth-
based Bali Peace Park Association says
his group is determined to see a fitting
tribute at the site where so many died,
including 88 Australians.
“ We will continue plugging away until
we build the park to pay due respects
and as a symbol of peace for the whole
region,” he said. — A AP
Cliff Richard to turn 75 with a gig
Veteran pop star Cliff Richard will
celebrate turning 75 on Wednesday
with a birthday gig at London’s
Royal Albert Hall.
The singer, actor and television
star has enjoyed a remarkable career
spanning an incredible 57 years, but
is not slowing down as the years
Officially Britain’s greatest solo
star, his output of 123 hit singles
and 101 albums is unlikely to be
equalled, let alone surpassed.
Sir Cliff, who was knighted in
1995, greatest hits include chart-
toppers such as The Young Ones,
Living Doll, Summer Holiday,
We Don’t Talk Anymore and 1988
Christmas No 1, Mistletoe And
Wine, has sold over 250 million
But as the Peter Pan of Pop reaches
his birthday milestone, a dark cloud
hangs over him; just over a year ago
he was investigated over an alleged
sexual assault on a young boy at a
religious event in 1985, but he has
not been arrested or charged.
Ahead of a recent show in
Killarney, south-west Ireland, he
declined to answer questions about
the abuse allegations.
He previously said the claims
against him were “absurd and
untrue” and he had “never, in my
life, assaulted anyone”.
Sir Cliff ’s last British No 1 to date
was The Millenium Prayer in 1999,
but the star has continued to make
music for his dedicated fan base.
Speaking to BBC Radio 2’s Paul
O’Grady in August, the entertainer
said: “ When you start your
career, you have no concept about
longevity. For me you don’t know
what ’s going to happen, so how it’s
gone on I’ve no idea. ”
He plays Albert Hall as part of his
75th birthday tour from tonight to
Sunday. — PA-AAP
Sir Cliff Richard
Former British Chancellor of
the Exchequer (finance minister)
Geoffrey Howe, an ally turned critic
of Margaret Thatcher, has died at
the age of 88, Prime Minister David
Cameron’s office said yesterday.
Howe, who was also a former
foreign secretary, died on Friday
after suffering a suspected heart
attack, the BBC said.
He is the second former statesman
in a week to die after British Labour
Party veteran Denis Healey died
last Saturday at 98. — Reuters
Former Thatcher minister turned critic dies
Obama’s advice for Kanye West
President Barack Obama poked fun
at Kanye West ’s political ambitions at
a Democratic fundraiser in California,
dubbing the rapper “Peezy”.
During the event in San Francisco,
California, yesterday, the president
mocked Kanye’s plans to run for the
White House in 2020.
“ Kanye is thinking about running
for Speaker of the House. It couldn’t
get any stranger,” Obama said. “ But in
case Kanye is serious about this whole
POTUS (president of the United States)
thing — or as he calls it, ‘Peezy’ — I do
have advice for him.”
In a suspected jab at Republican
candidate hopeful Donald Trump, and
West ’s wife Kim Kardashian the president
joked, “First of all, you have to spend some
time dealing with some strange characters
who act like they ’re on a reality television
show. You gotta be cool with that.”
Referencing Kanye’s 2010 album My
Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, Obama
“Second important tip:
Saying you have a ‘beautiful dark twisted
fantasy’ — that ’s what ’s known as ‘off
message’ in politics. People have lost their
congressional seats saying things like that.”
Finishing his comical speech to laughter
from the audience, O bama compared
himself to the rapper — also from Chicago,
Illinois — and said, “No 3: Do you really
think this country’s going to elect a black
guy from the south side of Chicago with
a funny name to be president of the US?
That ’s crazy. That ’s cray (sic).” — WENN
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