Thursday, February 22, 2018
News Roundup

Four suspected militants killed in drone attack in Pakistan

PESHAWAR, Pakistan

Four suspected militants killed in drone attack

An American drone fired two missiles at a bakery in northwest Pakistan Saturday, killing four suspected militants, officials said, as the U.S. pushed ahead with its drone campaign despite Pakistani demands to stop. This was the third such strike in the country in less than a week. The Associated Press said it was told by two Pakistani intelligence officials that the latest attack took place in Miran Shah, the main town in the North Waziristan tribal region.


Iran says uranium issue is technical

Ali Asghar Soltanieh, Iran's envoy to the International Atomic Energy Agency, says traces of enriched uranium discovered at an underground bunker came from a "routine technical issue," the country's official news agency reported Saturday. Soltanieh was responding to a report by the U.N. nuclear watchdog that said it had found uranium enriched to a level that is slightly closer to the threshold needed for nuclear weapons than Iran's previous highest-known enrichment grade. The IAEA's confidential report was careful to avoid any suggestion that Iran was intentionally increasing the level of its uranium enrichment, and analysts and diplomats said Iran's version sounded plausible, the Associated Press reported.


Bank says it won't need more bailout

The president of Bankia tried Saturday to calm fears about the bank's future, saying Spain's second largest mortgage lender will emerge stronger after it receives $29.5 billion in state aid in the country's biggest-ever bank bailout. Bankia and its parent group BFA are prepared to sell a large portfolio of real estate and a "significant package" of companies to turn itself around, president Jose Ignacio Goirigolzarri told reporters. The Spanish government has promised to honor Bankia's request for $23.8 billion in state aid, an amount not anticipated when the government effectively nationalized the bank this month after it was stuck with some $40 billion in toxic assets, mainly from the burst real estate bubble.

TUNIS, Tunisia

Islamists rampage in Tunisian town

Up to 500 hardline Islamists terrorized a Tunisian town on Saturday, attacking a police station and stores selling alcohol. The official TAP news agency said police fired tear gas in Jendouba to disperse ultraconservative Muslims known as Salafis, some armed with clubs or sabers. Four people were arrested and police were searching for others, Interior Minister Ali Laarayedh said on Radio Mosaique. There has been a resurgence of hardline Islamists since the fall in February 2011 of Tunisia's autocratic leader, Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, who had jailed many Islamists and forced others underground.


Visegrad, Bosnia-Herzegovina: Several thousand people held a mass funeral Saturday for 66 Muslim Bosnians killed by Bosnian Serb forces during the country's 1992-1995 war. The victims' remains were discovered in 2010 when a man-made lake that divides Bosnia and Serbia was partially drained for work on a dam.

Helsinki, Finland: An 18-year-old gunman on Saturday killed two people and wounded seven in Hyvinkaa, southern Finland, local media reported. The suspect was arrested a few hours after the attack.

Bamako, Mali: Two rebel groups in north Mali agreed to merge and work together to create an independent Islamic state on territory they occupy.

Times wires

Romano: Welcome to Florida, a state more afraid of conversation than guns

Romano: Welcome to Florida, a state more afraid of conversation than guns

Gun advocates are absolutely right about this:A ban on assault weapons will not end school shootings.How do we know?Because there was a federal ban on assault weapons for 10 years, and mass killings persisted. That’s because a ban deals only with fut...
Updated: 7 minutes ago

St. Petersburg Shuffleboard club to hold soiree

ST. PETERSBURG — "Cocktails on the Courts" — an evening of Florida cuisine, libations, music, auctions, live mermaids, a two-headed calf and shuffleboard — will benefit the St. Petersburg Museum of History. The event will be held from 6 to 10 p.m. Ma...
Updated: 10 minutes ago
Note to readers: About those annoying popups on your phones

Note to readers: About those annoying popups on your phones

Dear readers, I hope that you are able to see this and that a popup saying you’ve won a gift card hasn’t taken over your phone. We have heard from many of you that these popups are preventing you from reading our news coverage.We hate them as much as...
Updated: 11 minutes ago

Pastor invites public to service at Manhattan Casino

ST. PETERSBURG — The Rev. Basha Jordan, grandson of St. Petersburg’s pioneer African-American businessman Elder Jordan, who built the historic Manhattan Casino, is inviting the community to join him and other pastors for a service at the facility on ...
Updated: 14 minutes ago

Celebration at Enoch Davis Center is Friday

ST. PETERSBURG — The Enoch Davis Center will host a free Black History Month celebration Friday. The program, which will run from from 6 to 8 p.m., will include activities for the entire family and food, entertainment, music and prizes. There will a...
Updated: 17 minutes ago
Man rescued after boat swept away, capsizes in Little Manatee River

Man rescued after boat swept away, capsizes in Little Manatee River

RUSKIN — A man was rescued early Thursday morning after Hillsborough County deputies say his boat was swept away by a strong tide and capsized in the Little Manatee River.According to the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office, a 911 call was received ...
Updated: 18 minutes ago

Crescent Heights neighborhood working to save historic church

ST. PETERSBURG — The Crescent Heights Neighborhood Association says it wants to save one of the area’s historic buildings from demolition.The association says the American Baptist Church of the Beatitudes, at 2812 Eighth St. N, is being sold to a loc...
Updated: 20 minutes ago
Goalie Maddie Rooney delivers gold medal performance for U.S.

Goalie Maddie Rooney delivers gold medal performance for U.S.

GANGNEUNG, South Korea — Maddie Rooney couldn’t stop smiling. She was on top of her game, and it didn’t seem to matter that it was a shootout against the powerhouse Canadians. The first shootout in an Olympic women’s final. ...
Updated: 25 minutes ago
It turns out flamingos may have once called Florida home

It turns out flamingos may have once called Florida home

In 2015, Conchy the flamingo showed up at Florida’s Naval Air Station Key West, and he wouldn’t leave. Normally managers on the grounds lethally remove feathered troublemakers — it can be very dangerous with birds flying around million-dollar fighter...
Updated: 28 minutes ago
Sports Day Tampa Bay podcast: Rays are adding players?

Sports Day Tampa Bay podcast: Rays are adding players?

The Rays signed veteran outfielder Carlos Gomez to a one-year contract one day after trading Steven Souza Jr. to Arizona. In his latest podcast, Rick Stroud discusses reaction to the moves from players, as well as super fan Dick Vitale.Plus, the Bucs...
Updated: 1 hour ago