2014-12-22 13:23



From Washington, this is VOA News.

Deadly suicide bombing hits Nigerian school--close to 50 killed....

President Obama promises U-S commitment to Asia....

I'm Ray Kouguell reporting from Washington.

At least 48 people have been killed in a suicide bombing at a school in northeastern Nigeria, many of them students. The blast occurred Monday in the town of Potiskum, in the state of Yobe, as students gathered for a morning assembly at a government-run secondary school focused on science. Medical workers say at least 79 people were injured, many of them seriously. Witnesses say the bomber was dressed like a student. No one claimed responsibility for the attack, but suspicion fell on militant group Boko Haram.

President Barack Obama says his government welcomes the rise of a prosperous and peaceful China. He made the comment during a speech to business leaders at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in Beijing:

“This is my sixth trip to Asia as President and my second this year alone. And that’s because as I’ve said on each of my visits, America is thoroughly a Pacific nation. We’ve always had a history with Asia and our future, our security and our prosperity is inextricably intertwined with Asia.“

President Obama also announced a new visa policy with China, one that will increase the validity of short-term tourist and business visas issued to one another's citizens from one to ten years.

Iran, the United States and the European Union have wrapped up two days of talks in Oman without any breakthrough on a comprehensive nuclear agreement with Tehran. Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton were trying to reach a deal Monday ahead of the looming November 24th deadline for a pact. This is VOA News.

The U.S. Defense Department says it cannot corroborate reports that Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was killed or wounded in a U.S. airstrike in northern Iraq last Friday. A Pentagon spokesman says that U.S. forces were not specifically targeting Baghdadi in the strike, but are trying to degrade the group's ability to command its forces.

The Jihadi group known as Ansar Beit al Maqdis put out a message declaring its loyalty to the Islamic State. Edward Yeranian has more:

“In an audio message purportedly from Ansar Beit al Maqdis, the militant group claims to have pledged its loyalty to the Islamic State and its self-proclaimed caliph Abu Bakr al Baghdadi. The voice cites a number of verses from the Quran to support Ansar Beit al Maqdis' decision to support the Islamic State. It also says Islamic State and its supporters are waging a battle against what it called "Jews and Crusaders. Edward Yeranian, Cairo.“

Knife-wielding Palestinians carried out two attacks Monday in Israel, killing a young woman and critically wounding a soldier. It was the latest violence over tensions at a Jerusalem holy site revered by both Muslims and Jews. The stabbings drew an angry response by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who said Israeli Arab protesters intent on violence against Israelis should move to Palestinian enclaves in the West Bank or Gaza Strip.

Syrian President Bashar al Assad says a U.N. proposal for a cease-fire in rebel-contested Aleppo was "worth studying." Mr. Assad says the plan would need to be worked on to achieve its goals of "returning security" to the embattled city. The plan envisions a freeze in fighting to allow for humanitarian aid through a series of small-scale, locally-negotiated truces. Syria's three-year civil war has claimed at least 200-thousand lives.

Fresh reports of violence and convoys of heavy weaponry on the move in eastern Ukraine Monday increased doubts about the viability of a shaky cease-fire reached between Kyiv and Russia-backed separatists in September. The Donetsk regional administration reports that three civilians and a Ukrainian servicemen were killed and seven other people wounded Monday when separatist forces shelled a northern suburb of the city of Donetsk.

The United States opened the first of several Ebola treatment units it is building in Liberia. The new clinic opened Monday in Tubmanburg, about 60 kilometers north of the Liberian capital, Monrovia. Up to 17 such units will be constructed in Liberia. According to the World Health Organization, the number of people infected with Ebola appears to be decreasing in Monrovia.

I'm Ray Kouguell in Washington.

That's the latest world news from VOA.









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