The number of people who were injured when a car bomb exploded behind a military hospital in the Yemeni capital Sana'a on late Monday has risen to at least 35, including women and children, the Houthi-controlled Saba news agency reports, citing security sources. The blast, which reportedly targeted mourners of a previous attack, also damaged a number of homes and vehicles.
The United Nations Security Council has issued a statement condemning "in the strongest terms" the "cowardly assassination" of Egypt's public prosecutor, Hisham Barakat. The council offered its condolences and underlined the need to bring the perpetrators of the attack to justice. Barakat died on Monday after his motorcade was targeted by a bomb blast in Cairo. [statement attached]
U.S. President Barack Obama spoke with Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi by telephone on Monday to convey his "deep sympathy" on behalf of all Americans for the victims of last week's "heinous violence" at a local resort, the White House says. "The President re-affirmed our readiness to assist with the investigation and pledged to continue strengthening our cooperation on counterterrorism and broader security issues with the Tunisian government," the White House said in a statement. [statement attached]
BNO News is following reports from Yemen where Houthi rebels claim to have fired Scud and Grad missiles into neighboring Saudi Arabia, though the credibility of the claim is uncertain. The reports have not yet been confirmed by Saudi officials.
At least 28 people have been injured after a car bomb targeted mourners behind a military hospital in the Yemeni capital Sana'a, residents and medics have told the Reuters news agency. The Associated Press, citing officials close to Houthi rebels, said the blast had caused "dozens of casualties." The Islamic State (ISIS) claimed responsibility for the attack in a statement obtained by Reuters.
Texas Governor Greg Abbott, responding to a ruling from the Supreme Court that temporarily blocked a Texas abortion law from taking effect, says he is "confident" that the country's top court will ultimately uphold the law. "Texas will continue to fight for higher-quality healthcare standards for women while protecting our most vulnerable - the unborn," he said. [full statement attached]
Three people have been injured in an apparent drive-by attack near the Israeli settlement of Shvut Rachel in the West Bank, according to Israel Defense Forces (IDF) spokesman Peter Lerner. "IDF is searching the area, medical services are treating the wounded," he said.
Dutch football coach Guus Hiddink's contract has been terminated effective Wednesday, the Royal Dutch Football Association says in a statement. "I regret this development. Unfortunately, the results of Guus' work was not immediately visible for everyone," said Bert van Oostveen, president of professional football. [full statement attached]
A 64-year-old man from Manhattan has been arrested and charged in connection with a series of false bomb threats at John F. Kennedy International Airport earlier this month, according to the Queens District Attorney's Office. Philip Ngom has been charged with 11 counts each of first-degree falsely reporting an incident and making a terroristic threat. If convicted, he could face up to 7 years in prison.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average was down 350.33 points (-1.95%) to 17,596.35 as worries over the Greek financial crisis worsened. The S&P 500 dropped 43.85 points, a decline of 2.09 percent, to 2,057.64.