33 hurt in second Philippines mystery bombing

33 hurt in second Philippines mystery bombing

A bombing at a shopping mall during an amateur boxing match in Leyte province, the Philippines, wounded 33 people on 29 December. It is the second attack on a public place in less than a week where no one has claimed responsibility. A mortar round was remotely detonated by a mobile phone. It followed a Christmas Eve grenade explosion outside a Catholic church that wounded 16 people on the southern island of Mindanao, a Muslim-dominated region where a long-running insurgency is being fought. Police said there was no indication the two attacks were linked. Dec 29, 2016
John Kerry savages Israels settler agenda

John Kerry savages Israels settler agenda

US Secretary of State John Kerry laid out his plans for a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict on 28 December. In a speech just weeks before the Obama administration hands over power to President-elect Donald Trump, Kerry gave a strong speech criticising both Palestine and Israel in the conflict, especially Israels settlement expansion policy. The US Secretary of State also defended the decision to allow for the passage of a U.N. resolution demanding an end to Israeli settlements. Dec 29, 2016