The remnants of a suicide bomb attack in Iraq's southern city of Hilla. At least 32 people were killed and more than 140 injured in the blast, according to police and medical sources. An eyewitness explains. (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) UNIDENTIFIED EYEWITNESS SAYING: "This was a blast at a crowded checkpoint, Al-Athar checkpoint, killing many innocent civilians and policemen." The attacker approached a northern entrance to the largely Shi'ite Muslim city, then detonated the explosives. No official word on who was behind the bombing. An official said the death toll is expected to rise. The security situation in Iraq has been turbulent. A year of constant bombings killed at least 8,000 civilians in 2013 It's the highest since 2008.
By: BBC OneThe Foreign Secretary conceded that none of the sanctions being threatened by the West could remove Moscow's military forces from the Ukrainian peninsula. But he said there would be "very significant" consequences for Russia's future global influence if it refused to enter talks with Kiev over the stand-off.
Thousands gathered on Sunday (March 9) two days before the third anniversary of Japan's devastating earthquake and tsunami as former Prime Minister Naoto Kan criticized the ruling party's stance on nuclear power. Kan, who was the Japan premier during the March 11, 2011 nuclear catastrophe, has openly declared the need for Japan to end its reliance on atomic power and promote renewable sources of energy such as solar power that have long taken a back seat in the resource-poor country's energy mix. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is keen to restart Japan's idled nuclear reactors to cut the cost of fossil fuel imports used by power stations, which have swelled the trade deficit to a record and driven up electricity prices. After the huge earthquake and tsunami struck, three reactors at the Fukushima plant suffered meltdowns and radiation spewed widely through eastern Japan, contaminating water and crops and forcing tens of thousands of residents to evacuate. The governme
ROUGH CUT - NO REPORTER NARRATION A suicide bomber driving a minibus packed with explosives killed at least 32 people and wounded 147 on Sunday in the southern Iraqi city of Hilla, police and medical sources said. The attacker approached a main checkpoint at a northern entrance to the largely Shi'ite Muslim city and detonated the minibus, a police officer said on condition of anonymity. At least 50 cars were set ablaze with passengers trapped inside and part of the checkpoint complex was destroyed, the officer said. It was not immediately clear who was behind the attack, but suicide bombings are a trademark of al Qaeda-affiliated groups. Police were using cutting equipment to break inside the burnt vehicles and lift out charred bodies, the police officer said, adding the death toll was expected to rise. Bombings and other attacks killed almost 8,000 civilians in 2013, the worst period for the country since 2008. The Islamic State of Iraq and th
Thousands rallied in Spanish cities with demonstrations for equality at work and against the government’s bid to curb abortion rights. Report by Cordingleyj. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn
By: Laura HardingThings are tipped to reach a climax in upcoming episodes of Nashville after Judith Hoag's character, Tandy Hampton, reported her father Lamar Wyatt (Powers Boothe) to the FBI over some dodgy financial dealings.
Residents of the mainly-Shi'ite al-Qahera district of Baghdad start clearing up after Saturday's deadly car bombing. At least four civilians died in the blast near a popular market. More than a dozen others have been wounded. Shops and cars in the area were also damaged. It wasn't immediately clear who was behind the bloodshed. Even so, violence against Shi'ites is often blamed on al Qaeda-linked Sunni Islamists. There's been wave after wave of attacks in Baghdad since April as the precarious peace since the end of Iraq's sectarian war in 2008 has unravelled. The latest bombing comes as Iraq's prime minister wages a war against Sunni militants in the western Anbar province of Syria
PLEASE NOTE: EDIT CONTAINS MATERIAL THAT WAS ORIGINALLY 4:3 This is one of three Chinese vessels joining the search for the Malaysia Airlines flight that vanished on Saturday. The Jinggangshan amphibious landing ship is carrying personnel and equipment including medical supplies and staff, and a team of divers. Its counterpart is expected to reach the search area on Monday. A 4, 000 tonne police vessel is already there. The U.S., Philippines, Vietnam and Singapore are also helping in the search. By 0700GMT on Sunday, well over 24 hours since the last contact with Flight MH 370, there was still hint of its fate. The Boeing aircraft was carrying 239 passengers and crew when it vanished on Saturday en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing. Malaysia's air force chief says the search area is being widened to include the country's west coast because the plane may have been trying to turn back. (SOUNDBITE)(English) RODZALI DAUD, CHIEF OF MALAYSIAN
At least ten thousand turned out for this protest in Madrid against plans to tighten up Spanish laws on abortion. The move to allow terminations only in cases of rape or endangerment of the mother's health have sparked outrage. (SOUNDBITE)(Spanish) MARIPAZ PARRILLA, PROTESTER, SAYING: "They're taking away all our rights and, above all, the right to decide over our own bodies. Gallardon's law wants to take women back 40 years to the Franco era and we won't allow it." At the moment Spanish law allows abortion up to the 14th week of pregnancy or up to 22 weeks in cases of foetal deformities. If it's enacted the proposed new rules would make Spain one of the most restrictive nations in Europe on abortion. It was proposed by the prime minister in an apparent attempt to rally core conservative support. It's unleashed a backlash within the country as a whole, and within his own party where moderate members are opposing any change to existing legislat
More than 24 hours after the disappearance of Malaysian Airlines Flight MH 370 the country's civil aviation chief said its fate was still a mystery. (SOUNDBITE) (English) DIRECTOR GENERAL FOR DEPARTMENT OF CIVIL AVIATION, AZHARUDDIN ABDUL RAHMAN SAYING, "The rescue operations continued last night, until this morning. We have to report that we are not able to locate or see anything. Therefore, there is nothing new to report." The Boeing aircraft carrying 239 passengers and crew lost contact on Saturday en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing. It's emerged two Europeans named in the passenger manifest had both lost their passports in Thailand, one last year, the other two years previously. The identities of two other passengers are also being investigated. But there've been no reports of sabotage or claims of an attack. Despite the mystery there appears little sign it's damaged the confidence of people travelling on other Malaysian Airlines flights
Isolated incidents of violence continue to erupt in Venezuela. In Caracas, small groups of anti-government protesters clash with riot police. (SOUNDBITE) (English) UNIDENTIFIED ANTI-GOVERNMENT PROTESTER SAYING: "Here are the people who are fighting for a better future because in Venezuela there is no future and we need real change and unfortunately this is the only resource we Venezuelans have today to say we have some dignity." Ongoing protests are demanding the resignation of President Nicolas Maduro. A separate demonstration, dubbed the "Protest of the Empty Pots" was making noise against high inflation and food shortages. A line of riot police moved with the demonstrators as they made their way to the Food Ministry. Protesters shouted and scuffled with police, but theses demonstrations remained peaceful in comparison.
ROUGH CUT - NO REPORTER NARRATION Search operations for a missing Malaysia Airlines flight that vanished from radar screens over the South China Sea with 227 passengers and 12 crew on board continued on Sunday (March 9). By the early hours of Sunday, there were no confirmed signs of the plane or any wreckage, well over 24 hours after it went missing. "The rescue operations continued last night, until this morning. We have to report that we are not able to locate or see anything. Therefore, there is nothing new to report," said Director General of Department Of Civil Aviation of Malaysia, Azharuddin Abdul Rahman, who added that the aerial search also resumed at first light. There were no indications of sabotage nor claims of an attack. But the passenger manifest issued by the airline included the names of two Europeans - Austrian Christian Kozel and Italian Luigi Maraldi - who, according to their foreign ministries, were not in fact on the plane. Both
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) A video said to be shot in Aleppo, and another one in rural Hama on Saturday (March 8) appears to show intense fighting between Syrian rebels and government forces. The bombardment of rebel-held Yabroud town near Damascus, which was under assault by Assad forces last month, continued on Friday (March 7), further unverified social media purports to show. Reuters is unable to independently verify the content of these video clips, which have been obtained from a social media website. Syria's conflict has raged on despite peace talks that began in Geneva last month and the passage of the U.N. resolution, a rare moment of unity between the West and Russia, one of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's strongest backer. The Syrian government and the opposition have accused each other of using chemical weapons, banned under international law, and both have denied it. More than 130,000 people have been killed in Syria's three-ye
TV AND WEB RESTRICTIONS~*NONE**~ Wind whips across Crimea's biggest lake, as Ukraine's warships rise and fall in the choppy waves. Russian forces have blocked Ukraine's only exit point to the Black Sea by sinking two aging vessels here. And a well-armed Russian missile cruiser sits a short distance off the coast. A third of Ukraine's warships are left stranded in the waters close to land, as Russian forces have blocked their only exit point to the Black Sea. Ukraine is now facing a humiliating loss of its navy. (SOUNDBITE) (Russian) VADIM FILIPENKO, THE UKRAINIAN DEPUTY COMMANDER, SAYING: "We are not going to fight, we hope it will be resolved in a peaceful way. If the Crimea will go to Russia, it is all right, we will go to serve [Ukraine] in the other locations." Meanwhile, Ukraine's naval headquarters in Sevastopol -- the same port where Russia's Black Sea Fleet is based -- remains under virtual siege by Russian soldiers and pro-Russia
Libya threatened on Saturday to bomb a tanker sailing under a North Korean flag if it tried to ship oil from a port that's now under rebel control. It's a major escalation in a standoff over the country's oil wealth between the government and armed rebels. Rebels have seized three major ports in eastern Libya since August. On Saturday, they announced they've started to independently export oil from those ports. Abbo-Rabbo Albarassi is the self-declared prime minister of Libya's eastern autonomy movement. At a ceremony to mark the rebel's first shipment, he demanded that 15 percent of national oil revenues go to their region. (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) SELF-DECLARED PRIME MINISTER OF LIBYA'S EASTERN AUTONOMY MOVEMENT, ABB-RABBO ALBARASSI, SAYING (SOUNDBITE OVERLAPPED BY IMAGE OF TANKER): "And we reaffirm that we do not accept any threats towards any tanker or ship that we are dealing with or are contracted with. We are not making threats and we do not
Women around the world are raising their voices. It's International Women's Day, and they want to be heard. As a convoy of Russian military vehicles drive through Crimea, Ukrainians chant "No to war." These women want to live in peace. (SOUNDBITE) (Russian) WOMAN PROTESTER (NAME UNKNOWN) SAYING: "Get him (Putin) to withdraw the troops from here. What do we need him here for? We used to have a good life here, what do we need him for?" Tears of sadness in Kiev, as women honor Maidan victims. This year's theme of "inspiring change" encourages advocacy for women's advancement everywhere, in every way. Thousands of women across Pakistan continue to toil away at tedious, difficult jobs. Raising their children in a country that has a long way to go in terms of equality. (SOUNDBITE) (Urdu) HOME-BASED NEEDLEPOINT ARTISAN, YASMIN DILDAR, SAYING: "But what can we do? We do not have the resources. All we can do is to console our children, the w
The mood was dark on Saturday in Ukraine's Crimea. A convoy of about 50 unmarked Russian trucks drove into a base near the provincial capital Simferopol. Russian forces in unmarked uniforms have surrounded Ukrainian bases in the peninsula since seizing the area last week. Crimea's pro-Russian separatist leadership has declared the area a part of Russia. It's ordered Ukrainain soldiers loyal to the government newly formed last month to surrender. In Moscow, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Russia is ready for dialogue with Ukraine. But, he complained that the government in the capital Kiev is led by radicals supported by the West. (SOUNDBITE) (Russian) RUSSIA'S MINISTER OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS SERGEI LAVROV, SAYING: "This conflict is of an inner-Ukrainian nature, inspired from outside, and not from our side. The temporary government, as you called it, is not independent. Unfortunately, it depends on radical nationalists, who took pow
A Malaysia Airlines plane carrying 239 people has reportedly crashed into the sea after losing contact with air traffic control. Report by Hoodl. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn