Thursday, January 18, 2018
News Roundup

Protesters demand arrests after deadly bombing in Pakistan

Pakistan

Protesters urge ARRESTS in blast

Hundreds of Shiite women staged a sit-in in the western Pakistani city of Quetta on Sunday evening to mourn the 84 people who were killed in an explosion a day earlier in a crowded market, and demanded that the government arrest the attackers.

Grieving relatives declined to bury their dead until the government promised to track down those responsible for carrying out brazen attacks against Hazaras, a Shiite ethnic minority, in the city.

Government officials said a team, led by a high-ranking police official, was investigating.

Protests and sit-ins were also held in other major cities on Sunday, as Shiite leaders condemned the government's inability to curb the killings blamed on Sunnis.

Shiite leaders have also called for a strike in Karachi, the southern port city, today. The Muttahida Qaumi Movement, Karachi's most powerful political party, said it would support a strike.

The growing sense of insecurity and vulnerability felt by Shiites was evident in angry speeches by leaders across the country Sunday.

Washington

Demonstrators oppose Keystone Pipeline

A crowd that organizers said numbered about 35,000 marched on Sunday to urge President Barack Obama to reject the Keystone XL pipeline and to show leadership on other climate issues they called urgent.

The marchers rallied on the National Mall before walking past the White House. They carried signs opposing not only the proposed pipeline from Canada to Texas, but also hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, and coal plants. Organizers included the Sierra Club and 350.org.

Egypt

Protests at port shut offices of Suez Canal

Thousands of demonstrators shut down the administrative buildings of the Suez Canal terminal in the city of Port Said on Sunday, as part of a general strike protesting the death sentences handed down three weeks ago to 21 local soccer fans for their roles in a deadly riot last year.

The protests marked the closest that the chaos in Egypt over the last two years has come to threatening the operations of the Suez Canal, an artery of shipping critical to both international commerce and the battered Egyptian economy.

The administrative facilities were emptied as the protesters approached, residents said, but a military guard protected the port from disruption.

HEBER SPRINGS, Ark.

Country music star Mindy McCready dies

Mindy McCready, who hit the top of the country charts before personal problems sidetracked her career, died on Sunday in Heber Springs. She was 37.

A news release from the Cleburne County, Ark., Sheriff's Office said she was found with what appeared to be a single, self-inflicted gunshot wound.

After growing up in Fort Myers, she arrived in Nashville in 1994 with tapes of her karaoke vocals and earned a recording contract with BNA Records. In 1996, her Guys Do It All the Time hit No. 1. Her other hits included Ten Thousand Angels. However, personal problems plagued her beginning in 2004.

Elsewhere

Nigeria: Gunmen attacked a camp for a construction company in rural northern Nigeria, killing a guard and kidnapping seven workers from Britain, Greece, Italy, Lebanon and the Philippines, authorities said Sunday. It was the biggest kidnapping yet in a region under attack by Islamic extremists.

West Warwick, R.I.: Survivors of a 2003 nightclub fire that killed 100 people and relatives of those killed huddled together Sunday at the site of the blaze to mark the 10th anniversary of it.

Times wires

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