30 killed, 126 injured in Ankara bomb blasts
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) ? Two bomb explosions on Saturday targeting a peace rally by leftist and Kurdish activists in Turkey's capital Ankara killed at least 30 people and injured 126 others, Turkey's Interior Ministry said.
Twin bombs kill 30 at pro-Kurdish rally in Turkish capital
By Ece Toksabay and Orhan Coskun ANKARA (Reuters) - At least 30 people were killed when twin explosions hit a rally of pro-Kurdish and leftist activists outside Ankara's main train station on Saturday in what Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan called a terrorist attack, weeks ahead of an election. A Reuters reporter saw bodies covered by flags and banners, including those of the pro-Kurdish opposition Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP), with bloodstains and body parts scattered on the road. "Like other terror attacks, the one at the Ankara train station targets our unity, togetherness, brotherhood and future," Erdogan said in a statement, calling for "solidarity and determination".
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US clings to 1-point lead in Presidents Cup
INCHEON, South Korea (AP) ? Branden Grace delivered two big shots in gathering darkness Saturday that kept the International team within one point of the Americans going into a final day at the Presidents Cup that finally has some drama.
Sudan's Bashir urges rebels to resume talks, only one notable group shows up
By Khalid Abdelaziz KHARTOUM (Reuters) - Sudanese President Omar Hassan al-Bashir formally reopened talks with rebel and opposition groups on Saturday but only one significant opposition party showed up, and he urged them to halt a boycott on dialogue in return for a ceasefire. Bashir's government has been confronted by rebellion in its Darfur region since 2003 and a separate but linked insurgency in the states of Blue Nile and South Kordofan since the secession four years ago of South Sudan. Eighteen opposition groups that had initially agreed to take part in a formal national reconciliation process at its inception in early 2014 pulled out this January, leaving the future of any such dialogue in question.
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Kurdish PKK says halts militant activity in Turkey: mediaThe Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) militant group called on its fighters to halt guerrilla activities in Turkey unless they face an attack, a news website close to the group said on Saturday, three months after it ended a two-year-old ceasefire. Firat news agency reported the head of the PKK umbrella group as saying the decision was taken in response to calls from within and outside Turkey and that its fighters would avoid acts which could prevent a "fair and just election" being held on Nov. 1.
At least 30 dead in 'terrorist' attack on Ankara peace rally
At least 30 people were killed Saturday in twin explosions in Turkey's capital Ankara, targeting activists gathering for a peace rally organised by leftist and pro-Kurdish opposition groups. A Turkish government official told AFP that the authorities "suspect that there is a terrorist connection," without giving further details.
Platini fights ban as FIFA plunged into chaos
UEFA chief Michel Platini has appealed against a 90-day ban slapped on him over an ongoing corruption probe, as FIFA gears up for a crunch meeting over its raging sleaze crisis. The news comes a day after FIFA president Sepp Blatter also launched an appeal against a similar 90-day ban from all football-related activities over a Swiss criminal inquiry. The bans on Blatter and Platini -- the two most powerful men in world football -- were announced by FIFA on Thursday as its ethics watchdog geared up its investigation into fraud and corruption at the heart of the organisation.