NEW YORK (AP) — Using sound devices to probe for voices and telescopic cameras to peer into small spaces, workers searching a pile of rubble from a gas explosion in New York City were clinging to the possibility Friday of finding survivors from a blast that brought down two apartment buildings and killed at least eight people.
Peshawar (Pakistan) (AFP) - Two separate bomb attacks targeting security forces in Pakistan killed 19 people on Friday, officials said, the latest violence to hit peace talks between the government and Taliban militants. A suicide attack in the suburbs of the northwestern city of Peshawar, close to the lawless tribal areas that are a haven for Taliban and Al-Qaeda linked militants, was followed a few hours later by a bombing in the southwestern city of Quetta. But a ceasefire declared by the Pakistani Taliban on March 1 has been shaken by several bloody episodes, including a major attack on a court complex in Islamabad that left 11 people dead. The main Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) faction denied that attack, which was claimed by a splinter group, but it nevertheless prompted many observers to question the militants' commitment to dialogue.
France said on Friday the European Union was shirking its responsibilities for international security after an EU plan to send up to 1,000 troops to Central African Republic next week seemed to be about to collapse. However, EU sources said on Thursday the plan was in jeopardy because European governments had not provided the soldiers and equipment they promised. In a blunt joint statement from France's foreign and defense ministers, Paris "strongly" urged its partners to do more. "The EU must not shirk its responsibilities with regard to international security," Laurent Fabius and Jean-Yves Le Drian, the respective ministers, said.