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Turkey was rocked by a second attack
within a week as suspected Kurdish
militants killed two people with a car
bomb outside a courthouse and then
engaged police in a fire fight in the street.
With police still hunting an Islamic
State gunman who massacred 39 people
at an Istanbul nightclub on New Year’s
Day, an explosion went off in the western
city of Izmir overnight.
Two militants were killed in a gun
fight with police but a third suspect
escaped. The man was described as
wearing as black coat and a white beret
and authorities said they suspected the
attackers were members of the outlawed
Kurdistan Workers’ Party.
One police officer and a court employee
were killed by the blast and 10 others
The group was heavily armed with
Kalashnikov rifles and grenades and
authorities said they believed the
men had planned to carry out a much
deadlier attack but had been forced into
action prematurely after being stopped
at a checkpoint.
“Based on the preparation, the weapons,
bombs and ammunition seized, it is
understood that a big atrocity was being
planned,” said Veysi Kaynak, the deputy
The PKK has been blamed for a string of
recent attacks in Turkey and an offshoot
of the group claimed responsibility for
two attacks in Istanbul last month which
killed more than 40 people.
No group has yet claimed responsibility
for the Izmir bombing on Thursday. The
PKK usually strikes in south-east Turkey,
where most of the country’s Kurds live,
and would be unusual for the group to
attack deep in the west.
The bombing and the news that yet
another armed man was on the run
added to a sense of perpetual danger
in Turkey and is likely to further erode
confidence in the ability of security
ser vices to protect the public.
Kaynak insisted, as public officials have
after all recent attacks, that the violence
would not deter Turkey from its military
operations in northern Syria, which are
aimed at both Isil and at Kurdish groups.
— New Zealand Herald
PICTURE: New Zealand Herald
Forensic workers at the scene of the bombing.
Last year was the hottest on record
by a wide margin, with temperatures
creeping close to a ceiling set by
almost 200 nations for limiting
global warming, the European
Union’s Copernicus Climate Change
Service said overnight.
The data are the first of the new
year to confirm many projections
that 2016 will exceed 2015 as the
warmest since reliable records began
in the 19th century, it said in a report.
The Arctic was the region showing
the sharpest rise in temperatures,
while many other areas of the globe,
including parts of Africa and Asia,
also suffered unusual heat, it said.
A few parts of South America and
Antarctica were cooler than normal.
Global surface temperatures in
2016 averaged 14., or 1.3degC higher
than estimated before the Industrial
Revolution ushered in wide use of
fossil fuels, the EU body said.
In 2015, almost 200 nations agreed
at a summit in Paris to limit global
warming to “well below” 2degC
above pre-industrial times while
pursuing efforts to hold the rise to
1.5degC as part of a sweeping shift
away from fossil fuels towards clean
Temperatures last year broke a
2015 record by almost 0.2degC,
Copernicus said, boosted by a
build-up of greenhouse gases in
the atmosphere and by a natural El
Nino weather event in the Pacific
Ocean, which releases heat to the
In February 2016 alone,
temperatures were 1.5degC above
pre-industrial times, the study said.
Rising heat is blamed for stoking
wildfires, heat waves, droughts,
floods and more powerful downpours
that disrupt water and food
The UN’s World Meteorological
Organisation, the main authority
on global temperatures, compiles
data mainly from two US and one
British dataset that will be published
in coming weeks. It also uses input
Dick Dee, deputy head of the
Copernicus Climate Change Service
said the data was available quickly
because they draw on temperature
stations and satellite measurements
used to make weather forecasts.
“They ’re pretty much in perfect
agreement ” with the WMO data in
areas where measurements overlap
he said. The other datasets used by
the WMO are collected from sources
that can take more time to compile
including ships, buoys and balloons
Last year was hottest on record
intelligence official said overnight
he was “even more resolute” in his
belief that Russia staged cyber
attacks on Democrats during
the 2016 election campaign,
rebuking persistent skepticism
from Republican President-elect
Donald Trump about whether
Moscow was involved.
Director of National Intelligence
James Clapper said he had a
very high level of confidence
that Russia hacked Democratic
Party institutions and campaign
staff email, and disseminated
propaganda and fake news aimed
at the November 8 election.
“Our assessment now is even more
resolute than it was” on October 7
when the government first publicly
accused Russia, Clapper told a
hearing of the Senate Armed
Ser vices Committee. He said a
motive for the attack would be
made public next week.
Although Trump called himself
a “ big fan” of intelligence agencies,
he is heading for a conflict over
the issue because he has cast doubt
on their assessments that Russia
targeted the election and the
campaign of his opponent, former
secretary of state Hillary Clinton.
“There’s a difference between
Vice President-elect Mike Pence
has used the expression “healthy
scepticism” to defend Trump’s
criticism of intelligence agency
Lawmakers from both parties
are wary of Moscow and distrust
President Vladimir Putin and
efforts to heal the rift between the
United States and Russia.
The hearing, overseen
Republican Senator John McCain,
one of the most vociferous Russia
critics in Congress, was the first
in a promised series of hearings
into allegations that Russia tried
to disrupt or influence the US
campaign, one of the most bitter
in recent history.
“ Every American should be
alarmed by Russia’s attacks on
our nation. There is no national
security interest more vital to
the United States of America
than the ability to hold free and
fair elections without foreign
interference,” McCain said.
Clapper said the hacking did not
change any vote tallies.
Trump will be briefed by
intelligence agency chiefs today
on hacks that targetted the
Democratic Party before the
election, which the New York
businessman surprisingly won.
don’t think we’ve ever
encountered a more aggressive or
direct campaign to interfere in our
election process than we’ve seen in
this case,” said Clapper, who leaves
when Trump becomes president on
January 20. Clapper stopped short
of declaring Russia’s actions “an act
of war,” saying that determination
was beyond the scope of his office.
Clapper and the two other
officials who testified, Admiral
Mike Rogers, the director of the
National Security Agency, and
Marcel Lettre, the under secretary
of defence for intelligence, did
not say what made intelligence
agencies confident Russia was
behind the cyber attacks, but that
conclusion was also reached by
several private cyber security firms.
Moscow denies the hacking
Obama last week ordered the
expulsion of 35 Russian suspected
spies and imposed sanctions on
two Russian intelligence agencies
he said were involved in hacking
US political groups such as the
Democratic National Committee.
Top US intelligence official ‘resolute’
over Russian cyber attacks
A woman died after being mistaken for
a car thief and tied to a tree infested with
It was reported that the 52-year-
old was rescued by police but died in
hospital after her windpipe was bitten
by the insects and her throat swelled up.
The woman had gone to help her son,
also accused of car theft, who was bound
to a tree by vigilantes on New Year’s Eve
in Caranavi in Bolivia, around 160km
north-east of the capital La Paz.
Her son and daughter, who were also
accused of theft, received the same
punishment but they sur vived and are
now recovering from their injuries.
Reports said the trio were also beaten
and burned using accelerant.
Local authorities said preliminary
investigations had showed the dead
woman and her children, aged 22 and
28, had travelled to the area from La Paz
to recover a debt.
The tree they were tied to was a palo
santo, the favourite haunt of colonies of
the Brazilian fire ant known for their
extremely painful bites.
Police Chief Gunter Agudo said: “ We
managed to rescue all three people but
one of them, the 52-year-old woman,
“She died at 3.30pm on New Year’s
“Initially the investigation was opened
as a probe into an attempted car theft
but now it has been changed to a murder
and serious assault investigation.”
— New Zealand Herald
Woman tied to a tree
infested with fire ants
A man accused of biting a Hawaiian
Airlines employee during a July flight
from American Samoa to Hawaii is
scheduled to be sentenced for interfering
with a flight crew.
Aumoeualogo Agaaoa Togia pleaded
guilty in September in exchange for
dismissal of an assault charge.
Togia drank alcohol before and during
the non-stop flight from Pago Pago
to Honolulu, according to his plea
agreement. Halfway into the flight, he
refused to take his seat when the seat
belt light turned on and became verbally
and physically abusive — punching the
bathroom door and threating to kill flight
attendants, the court document said.
An FBI affidavit said Togia bit a load
planner in the hand while the worker
was trying to restrain Togia. L oad
planners determine where the bags and
cargo are placed on the aircraft to ensure
proper weight and balance, said airline
spokeswoman Ann Botticelli. It is not
clear why the load planner was on the
Togia pushed the load planner, the
Togia disputes that he bit anyone,
said Assistant US Attorney Margaret
While in a holding cell at Honolulu
International Airport, Togia told an
FBI agent he fought back after being
that he “might have
blacked out ” and did not remember what
happened. — AP
Man accused of biting airline employee
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