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      Hello APS'ters It's been more than 10 years APS staff has been keeping this place alive and kickin ass from the rest!!!  And now is the time for us to ask help from all of you who are enjoying this place. APS are looking for generous members who are willing to show some support and love to raise funds for our VPS hosting and domain name fees. We would like to make the most contributions as much as we can and use all of it for " VPS hosting and Domain name fees" ONLY (no personal interest/expenses) We want to keep this community alive and that wouldn't be possible without your help. We won't be promising any VIP access or whatsoever for monetary contributions. But....... we can assure you that your contributions big or small can keep this place alive and We will give you an APS Supporter (yellow pants) to give credits and recognition sa inyong tulong! ...and extra freebies if your account still needs it!!! If you are feeling generous today feel free to send your contributions to our PAYPAL account. (ANY AMOUNT ARE WELCOME) PAYPAL: allpinoystuff2017@yahoo.com If you have any questions comment on this thread or Feel free to send me or any Admins/Supreme Mods a PM. If you have contributed or will be contributing please let us know so we can directly say "thank you" to you. Thanks in advance and more power to APS!!!


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  1. Isang malungkot na balita. Credits to Rappler. Actress Ellen Adarna is pregnant. According to a report from PEP, the actors or their representatives have yet to confirm the pregnancy, but Ellen has reportedly confirmed the news to some of her friends. In the same report, Ellen's pregnancy was the reason why she was a no-show at the Bench Under the StarsDenim and Fashion show held on Saturday, November 18 at the Mall of Asia Arena. Actor John Lloyd Cruz, Ellen's rumored boyfriend is said to be the father of the child. Although they have been spotted getting cozy the past months, the two have neither confirmed nor denied the relationship. In October, the two went to Europe together after ABS-CBN announced that the actor was taking an indefinite leave of absence. The two made headlines after photos of them in Cebu surfaced in social media. In a now deleted post, John Lloyd said of Ellen: "Sobrang baduy neto pero this girl really did something good to my soul. I'll always be grateful." The two are part of the show Home Sweetie Home. – Rappler.com
  2. Credits to NBC News Fats Domino, New Orleans Rock Pioneer and Piano Prodigy, Dies at 89 Fats Domino, the piano-playing prodigy whose lightning-fast fingers crafted a rollicking sound blending rock with rhythm-and-blues, has died, authorities said Wednesday. He was 89. Domino, a native of New Orleans, died at a private residence early Tuesday morning, according to the Jefferson Parish Coroner's Office in Louisiana. He first learned to play the piano from his brother-in-law, and would go on to inspire Elvis Presley and The Beatles in a career that spanned more than five decades. In his 20s, Domino gained fame with the 1955 hit, "Ain't That a Shame," and his 1956 rock n' roll version of "Blueberry Hill," which he performed on "The Ed Sullivan Show"and saw shoot to No. 2 on the Top 40 charts. He found further success with a string of other hits in the late 1950s and early 1960s, including "I'm Walkin'" and "Walking to New Orleans." With his recognizable voice and cherubic face, Domino was a familiar sight on the screen. He made appearances in movies, including 1956's "Shake, Rattle & Rock!" and on the 1969 Monkees' television special, "33-1/3 Revolutions per Monkee." Domino was born Antoine Domino Jr. in 1928, the eighth child in a French Creole family. According to biographies about Domino, New Orleans bandleader Billy Diamond, who heard the young man play, nicknamed him "Fats" because he reminded him of pianists Fats Waller and Fats Pichon. Domino in 1986 was among the first acts inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Rolling Stone magazine in 2004 ranked him as No. 25 on its list of "100 Greatest Artists of All Time." In a tweet Wednesday, Harry Connick Jr. remembered Domino for helping to "pave the way for new orleans piano players... see you on top of that blueberry hill in the sky."
  3. Credits to Philnews Isabel Granada in hospital in Qatar after suffering Aneurysm which led into a comatose state. ISABEL GRANADA – The Filipino actress Isabel Granada was critically in a comatose state in a hospital in Qatar after reportedly suffering massive bleeding in the head. According to a post from one of the actress friends on the social networking site Facebook, the actress was rushed in a medical institution in Qatar. Based on the post of a certain Lalaine Bianca Lapus on her account on Facebook, she was asking for healing prayers for her “dear friend” Isabel Granada. She was reportedly rushed at the Heart Hospital Hamad Medical Corp. Accordingly, the initial information relayed to her from Robby Tarroza, the actress was in a critical condition after suffering a massive internal bleeding in the head and aneurysm after collapsing. And on an update on the same post, the actress was announced in a comatose state and the status revealed a post cardiac arrest. But according to her connection, a nurse in Qatar, Isabel was transferred to Hamad Hospital and reported the confirmation of internal bleeding and aneurysm and will undergo a major operation anytime. The latter part of her post even informed, ” according to the respiratory therapist she had 6 times cardiac arrest.” Read full post below: “I would like to ask for healing prayers for my dear friend, sis Isabel Granada She was rushed at the Heart Hospital Hamad Medical Corp. Now at HGH (Hamad General Hospital) in Qatar. I have not communicated with her family yet im waiting for updates. but the initial info i got is from our dear Robby Tarroza, according to his post Isa is in Critical Condition. Massive internal bleeding in the head. Aneurysm. She suddenly collapsed lng daw. So im doing my best to get updates from the people who are there now. Please please she needs prayer warriors now. Thank you also to Michael Soliven a nurse who is there in qatar now for updating me such a big help. UPDATE: ISA IS IN A COMA NOW. she was rushed at heart hospital and status was post cardiac arrest, but according to the nurse i chatted with in qatar she was transferred to hamad hospital and its confirmed she has internal bleeding and aneurysm. She will undergo a major operation anytime now. But according to the respiratory therapist she had 6 times cardiac arrest. Please lets Pray for Isa.”
  4. Courtesy of MSN News Hugh Hefner, founder of Playboy magazine, died Wednesday at the Playboy Mansion in Los Angeles, surrounded by loved ones, the magazine said in a statement. He was 91. He died of from natural causes, the statement read. With a bon vivant philosophy, urbane sophistication and sheer marketing brilliance, Hefner was an icon for the sexual revolution of the 1960s, the man-about-town embodiment of the lifestyle he promoted with gusto and a sly wink to readers. Asked by the New York Times in 1992 of what he was proudest, Hefner responded: "That I changed attitudes toward sex. That nice people can live together now. That I decontaminated the notion of premarital sex. That gives me great satisfaction." When he turned 85, he cheerfully observed, "You're as young as the girl you feel." After a round of celebrity cheating by Tiger Woods and Jesse James was exposed, Hefner summed up his own attitude: "I had a lot of girlfriends, but it's not the same as cheating. I don't cheat. I am very open about what I do. ... I think that when you are in a relationship, you should be honest. The real immorality of infidelity is the lying." The man known to millions simply as "Hef" was born April 9, 1926, in Chicago, the elder of two sons. His parents were strict Methodists and Hefner went to Chicago schools before joining the Army, attending the Chicago Art Institute and graduating from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana with a degree in psychology. "Part of the reason that I am who I am is my Puritan roots run deep," he told the Associated Press in 2011. "My folks are Puritan. My folks are prohibitionists. There was no drinking in my home. No discussion of sex. And I think I saw the hurtful and hypocritical side of that from very early on. " After working first as a copywriter for "Esquire" – where he reportedly left because he didn't get a $5 raise – Hefner decided to start his own publication and he raised $8,000 from 45 investors to launch "Playboy" in December 1953. (He had originally planned to call it "Stag Night," but was forced to change the name to avoid trademark infringement.) It was produced in his kitchen and carried no date because he wasn't sure there would be a second issue. But with the trademark intuition and shrewdness that seemed to always ensure his success, Hefner had acquired a nude photo of Marilyn Monroe for the centerfold, taken before the start of her film career. The magazine sold 50,000 copies, making it an immediate success. (Hefner later bought the crypt next to Monroe's in a Los Angeles cemetery.) An empire was launched, with Hefner – who divorced first wife Mildred Williams in 1959 – as its charismatic, cosmopolitan head. Often pictured in pajamas – or a silk smoking jacket - and smoking a pipe, Hefner personally promoted the Playboy philosophy as the magazine became an amalgam of nude photographs of gorgeous women and intellectual writing. ("I just read Playboy for the articles," was a standard, if joking, line at the time.) "If you had to sum up the idea of Playboy, it is anti-Puritanism," he was quoted as saying as the country's mood became more hedonistic. "Not just in regard to sex but the whole range of play and pleasure." In addition to the magazine, there were Playboy clubs, with "bunny" waitresses, two short-lived television series and a host of other Playboy Enterprises projects. In 2011 a new television show based on the Playboy Club was launched. In 1975, Hefner moved to Los Angeles and in 1985, he suffered a minor stroke. In 1989, he married longtime girlfriend Kimberly Conrad and for a while became a family man with two young sons before the couple separated in 1998. "My father lived an exceptional and impactful life as a media and cultural pioneer and a leading voice behind some of the most significant social and cultural movements of our time in advocating free speech, civil rights and sexual freedom," Cooper Hefner, Hefner's son and chief creative officer at Playboy Enterprises, said in a statement.
  5. Courtesy: Movieweb Daniel Craig Confirms Return as James Bond for Another Movie James Bond will return. And, after months and months of speculation rumors and all kinds of ups and downs, it has officially been confirmed that Daniel Craig will return for at least one more go as 007. The actor finally put his indecision to rest and has said that he will be back for James Bond 25, which will likely be his last entry in the franchise. The actor appeared on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert and finally decided it was time address the issue of his return for James Bond 25 head on. Colbert decided to ask him about it point blank and, instead of giving any sort of run around, Daniel Craig gave a blunt but definitive answer. Here's what he had to say. "Yes. I always wanted to, I wanted a break." So there you have it. It had previously been reported by outlets such as The New York Times that Daniel Craig was set to return for James Bond 25, but no official confirmation had been made by the studio or Craig. Until Now. In fact, on the same day he confirmed his return on The Late Show, he told a Boston radio show that "no decision has been made," which was clearly a bit of misdirection. He admitted to Stephen Colbert that he's known for "months" that he was going to return. He also said that he wanted to go out on a high note, which seems to indicate that James Bond 25 is going to be his last go as the famed MI6 spy. "I just want to go out on a high note, and I can't wait." Following his work on Spectre, Daniel Craig famously said that he would rather "slash his wrists" as opposed to doing another Bond movie. He addressed this on The Late Show, saying, "Instead of saying something with style and grace, I said something really stupid." Given that he tore his ACL during filming on Spectre, it makes sense that he may have felt a little run down in that particular interview. But he's had his break and now he sounds like he's ready to get back to work. Not much has been confirmed for James Bond 25 beyond Daniel Craig's return. Neal Purvis and Robert Wade, who have written the last six James Bond movies together, usually with some additional writers coming in to help, are returning for this installment. Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli are going to produce the movie, which is standard practice as they are the ones who are in charge of the franchise. No other cast members, plot details, or director have been confirmed, but Yann Demange ('71), David Mackenzie (Hell or High Water) and Denis Villeneuve (Arrival) are said to be on the studio's shortlist. Daniel Craig's return for James Bond 25, which is set for release on November 8, 2019, will be his fifth movie in the franchise. Only Roger Moore and Sean Connery will have played 007 more times. However, Craig's run at the box office has been historic, with Skyfall becoming the first James Bond movie to gross more than $1 billion at the box office, and his movies earning more than $3 billion in total. That being the case, it is no wonder that Eon Productions and MGM were so patient.
  6. Courtesy: MSN News Mixed martial arts fighter hospitalized after match dies BROCKTON, Mass. — A mixed martial arts fighter who suffered a technical knockout in a match in Massachusetts has died. The Plymouth County district attorney's office says Rondel Clark died Tuesday at a Boston hospital. Authorities are investigating his death. Clark competed at a showcase on Saturday at Plymouth Memorial Hall. The match was stopped about two minutes into the third round and was ruled a TKO. The 26-year-old fighter from Sutton was hospitalized after a post-fight examination. Mixed martial arts is commonly called MMA and involves full-contact combat in a cage, with hitting, kicking and grappling while standing or down on the mat. The state medical examiner's office will determine the cause and manner of Clark's death. State police, local police and the Massachusetts State Athletic Commission are investigating.
  7. Manny Pacquiao-Jeff Horn fight to air live on ESPN on July 1 Manny Pacquiao, one of the biggest stars in boxing history, is coming to ESPN. The Filipino legend's welterweight world title defense against Jeff Horn, along with the rest of the card, will air live on ESPN beginning at 9 p.m. ET on July 1 from Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane, Australia, after promoter Top Rank and the network made a deal. It will be the first time that a Pacquiao fight will air live on basic cable and is his first non-pay-per-view fight since he knocked out Hector Velazquez on HBO in September 2005. "Working with Top Rank on a match normally seen on pay-per-view is a significant moment for ESPN and for boxing fans," ESPN president John Skipper said. "This fight, along with ESPN's in-depth programming surrounding the fight, joins Wimbledon, Home Run Derby and the ESPYS in a stellar early July programming lineup." Manny Pacquiao will fight live on basic cable for the first time in his career when he takes on Jeff Horn on July 2 in Brisbane, Australia. The fight will air live on ESPN at 9 p.m. ET July 1. Isaac Brekken/AP Photo The approximate 3½-hour telecast will also air live on ESPN Deportes and stream live on the ESPN App. The fight will take place Sunday afternoon July 2 Brisbane time, but the 14-hour time difference from the United States' East Coast allows for a live prime-time telecast. Longtime ESPN boxing commentators Joe Tessitore and Teddy Atlas, along with former world titleholder Timothy Bradley Jr. -- who faced Pacquiao three times and whom Atlas now trains -- will call the fight from ringside. Top Rank chairman Bob Arum, whose Top Rank Boxing series was a staple of ESPN programming from the 1980s through the mid-1990s, said he was excited to make the deal. "The world has followed amazing Manny since he burst onto the scene in his U.S. debut in 2001, where he knocked out Lehlo Ledwaba to win his second of a record eight division world titles," Arum said. "We are excited that ESPN will air this fight throughout the U.S. in both English and Spanish. It's going to be an unbelievable event." Arum will make the media rounds to promote the fight on a variety of ESPN shows Monday (all times ET): Mike and Mike at 9:05 a.m., First Take at 10:40 a.m., SportsNation at 2:30 p.m. and Jalen & Jacoby at 4 p.m. ESPN's coverage of "The Battle of Brisbane" will begin June 30 with live SportsCenter coverage of the Pacquiao-Horn weigh-in during the 7 p.m. ET telecast. Also, during the week of June 26, there will be several classic Pacquiao fights -- Ricky Hatton, Juan Manuel Marquez III and Bradley II -- available on demand and streaming via the ESPN App. The fight-night telecast will kick off with a preview show and include middleweight Shane Mosley Jr. (10-1, 7 KOs), 26, of Pomona, California -- the son of former three-division world champion Shane Mosley -- taking on Australia's David Toussaint (10-0, 8 KOs) in an eight-round fight. The main card will begin at 10 p.m. with 2016 Irish Olympic star Michael Conlan (2-0, 2 KOs), 25, taking on Jarrett Owen (5-4-3, 2 KOs), 31, of Brisbane, in a six-round featherweight fight. Then junior bantamweight Jerwin Ancajas (26-1-1, 17 KOs), 25, of the Philippines, the first world titleholder promoted by Pacquiao's MP Promotions, will make his second defense of his 115-pound crown against Teiru Kinoshita (25-1-1, 8 KOs), 31, the mandatory challenger from Japan, in the co-feature, followed by Pacquiao-Horn. Pacquiao (59-6-2, 38 KOs), 38, who is also a sitting senator in the Philippines, regained the welterweight world title belt he lost to Floyd Mayweather when he knocked Jessie Vargas down in the second round and cruised to a unanimous decision in November. He will be making his first defense against Brisbane's Horn (16-0-1, 11 KOs), 29, a former school teacher and 2012 Australian Olympian. "Manny Pacquiao has been one of the biggest global sports stars of his era, setting attendance and pay-per-view records for over the past decade," said Top Rank president Todd duBoef. "Now, as he defends his world title in front of yet another anticipated record crowd, he will be doing it to his biggest U.S. television audience on the world's biggest and most prestigious sports network, ESPN. To have ESPN, which has treated its viewers to NFL, [the] College Football Playoff and NBA playoff games, add Manny's title fight to its roster is the biggest compliment one can give to Manny's star power and a great gift to sports fans." Horn might not be a well-known figure outside his home country, but the fight has taken Brisbane by storm. Suncorp Stadium officials have secured an exemption to increase seating to 60,000 for the fight. Approximately 50,000 tickets have been sold, meaning the card will surpass the Australian boxing attendance record of 38,000 that turned out at Princes Park Football Ground in Melbourne for then-junior lightweight champion Azumah Nelson's eighth-round knockout of Australian legend Jeff Fenech in the 1992 rematch between the Hall of Famers.
  8. Update: Carrie Fisher Had Heroin, Cocaine in System When She Died — As Daughter Billie Releases Emotional Statement Carrie Fisher had heroin and cocaine in her system at the time of her death, according to her toxicology report. PEOPLE obtained official documents from the Los Angeles County coroner’s office on Monday that reveal the late actress had cocaine, methadone, ethanol and opiates in her system when she passed away at the age of 60 in December. “The exposure to cocaine took place sometime approximately in the last 72 hours of the sample that was obtained,” stated the report. The report also stated that Fisher had a “remote exposure to MDMA.” On Friday, the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office revealed Fisher’s death was caused by sleep apnea and other undetermined factors. The coroner also said Fisher suffered from atherosclerotic heart disease and “drug use,” but no specifics were given at the time. “The manner of death has been ruled undetermined,” the report concluded. In an exclusive statement to PEOPLE, Fisher’s only child, Billie Lourd, addressed the report. “My mom battled drug addiction and mental illness her entire life. She ultimately died of it. She was purposefully open in all of her work about the social stigmas surrounding these diseases. “She talked about the shame that torments people and their families confronted by these diseases. I know my Mom, she’d want her death to encourage people to be open about their struggles. Seek help, fight for government funding for mental health programs. Shame and those social stigmas are the enemies of progress to solutions and ultimately a cure. Love you Momby.”Carrie Fisher’s Life Through the Years The actress, best known as Star Wars‘ Princess Leia, suffered a heart attack at the end of last year. She was flying from London to Los Angeles on Friday, Dec. 23, when she went into cardiac arrest. Paramedics removed her from the flight and rushed her to a nearby hospital, where she was treated for a heart attack. She later died in the hospital, just one day before her mother, Debbie Reynolds, passed away. Lourd, 24, took to Instagram to pay tribute to her mother and grandmother days after their deaths. “Receiving all of your prayers and kind words over the past week has given me strength during a time I thought strength could not exist,” Lourd wrote on Instagram Jan. 2, her first time commenting on their deaths. “There are no words to express how much I will miss my Abadaba and my one and only Momby. Your love and support means the world to me.” Fisher had long been open about her struggle with bipolar disorder and substance abuse issues, starting at only age 13 when she began smoking marijuana. She said she later dabbled in drugs like cocaine and LSD. Fisher explored her issues with addiction in her 1987 bestselling, semi-autobiographical novel, Postcards from the Edge, which was later turned into a movie starring Meryl Streep. “I couldn’t stop, or stay stopped. It was never my fantasy to have a drug problem,” she told PEOPLE in 1987. “I’d say, ‘Oh, f— it, I haven’t done anything for a couple of months, why not? Let’s celebrate not doing them by doing them.’ I got into trouble each time. I hated myself. I just beat myself up. It was very painful.” She told PEOPLE in 2013, “The only lesson for me, or anybody, is that you have to get help. I’m not embarrassed.”
  9. Tim Hague, UFC fighter turned boxer, dies at 33 EDMONTON, Alberta — Tim Hague, the former UFC fighter known as "The Thrashing Machine," died Sunday, two days after he was critically injured when he was knocked out in a boxing match against former Edmonton Eskimos defensive end Adam Braidwood. Hague's sister, Jackie Neil, announced the death in a family statement. "It is with incredible sadness, sorrow and heartbreak to report that Tim has passed away today," the statement said. "He was surrounded by family, listening to his favorite songs. We will miss him with so greatly." The match Friday night at the Shaw Conference Centre was promoted by KO Boxing. The 33-year-old Hague, who grew up on a farm in Boyle, Alberta, was a heavyweight trained in jiu-jitsu. He was 21-13 as an MMA fighter before switching to boxing last summer.
  10. Coroner releases results of Carrie Fisher death inquiry LOS ANGELES (AP) — Officials say actress Carrie Fisher died from sleep apnea and a combination of other factors, but they could not conclusively determine what caused her death. Los Angeles coroner's officials said in a news release late Friday that Fisher had buildup of fat in the walls of her arteries. The release states that Fisher had taken multiple drugs prior to her death, but that investigators could not determine whether they contributed to her death in December. The agency did not immediately respond to a request for additional details about whether a full autopsy report and toxicology results were available. Fisher suffered a medical emergency on an international flight on Dec. 23. Her mother, longtime movie star Debbie Reynolds, died the following day.
  11. Adam West, TV’s Batman in the ’60s, Dies at 88 Adam West, the titular star of TV's "Batman" in the mid-late 1960s, has died. He was 88. The Hollywood Reporter first reported the news of West's passing. West died after a battle with leukemia. "Our dad always saw himself as The Bright Knight and aspired to make a positive impact on his fans' lives. He was and always will be our hero," his family said in a statement, according to THR. TheWrap reached out to West's reps, but did not immediately hear back. Recently, West has played Quahog's mayor on 111 episodes of Seth MacFarlane's "Family Guy."
  12. Former Bond girl Molly Peters dead at 75 Molly Peters, a former Bond girl who appeared opposite Sean Connery in "Thunderball," has died. She was 75. A cause was not immediately available, but her death was announced on the official James Bond franchise Twitter account. "We are sad to hear that Molly Peters has passed away at the age of 75," the account tweeted Tuesday. "Our thoughts are with her family." Peters — who played a nurse named Patricia Fearing who cared for 007 in 1965 spy flick — became the first Bond girl to take off her clothing during a 007 movie. Censors warned producers that "Thunderball" could receive an "X" rating, and a scene featuring Peters was ultimately cut, according to The Telegraph. The movie, which was the fourth in the James Bond franchise, grossed over $141 million at the box office. Peters didn't appear in many other movies during her short acting career, which began with a role in the 1964 short film "Peter Studies Form." Her final film credit came in the 1968 comedy "Don't Raise the Bridge, Lower the River," in which she played a secretary. Her death comes a week after Roger Moore, who stepped into the 007 role after Connery, died at 89 following a short battle with cancer. Moore starred as the British superspy in seven films between 1973 and 1985, including classics "Live and Let Die" and "The Spy Who Loved Me."
  13. From MSN news: Baghdad blasts: Ice cream shop among attack targets, 31 killed A massive bombing outside a popular ice cream parlor in central Baghdad and a rush hour car bomb in another downtown area killed at least 31 people on Tuesday, Iraqi officials said. The Islamic State terror network claimed responsibility for the ice cream parlor attack -- but a source in Baghdad told Fox News a militia group unrelated to ISIS was responsible. ISIS claimed responsibility in separate online statements, saying a suicide bomber carried out the attack. However, officials told Al Jazeera that the explosives were placed in a parked car. Several militias have been fighting for control of the more lucrative areas of Baghdad, the source said. Families with children were enjoying a late-night snack after breaking their fast for Ramadan when the explosions went off, according to Iraqi officials. A closed-circuit camera video of the explosion showed a busy downtown avenue, with cars driving down the street, when the massive blast struck. EGYPT SACKS LOCAL SECURITY CHIEF AFTER ATTACK ON CHRISTIANS Then, a huge fireball engulfed a building, forcing the cars to scramble to get away. Videos of the attack posted on social media showed wounded and bloodied people crying for help on the sidewalk outside the ice cream parlor. The attacks came as ISIS militants were losing more territory to U.S.-backed Iraqi forces in the battle for Mosul, the country's second-largest city. The Sunni extremists are increasingly turning to insurgency-style terror attacks to detract from their losses. It was unclear how many of the dead were children. Al Jazeera reported that one girl, wearing a ribbon and bow in her hair, wandered around in an apparent daze after the blast. In the second attack, an explosives-laden car went off during rush hour near the state-run Public Pension Office in Baghdad's busy Shawaka area, killing 14, a police officer said. At least 37 people were wounded in that attack, he added. Police and security officials say the explosion in the Iraqi capital's bustling Karrada neighborhood early on Tuesday also wounded 27 people. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity in line with regulations. ISLAMIC STATE MILITANTS SHELL BESIEGED SYRIAN CITY, KILL 13 Officials codemned the attack and spoke out against ISIS aafter the group claimed responsibility. "[ISIS] wants Iraqis to fear going out and this is to show they are still present and able to strike the heart of the Iraqi capital, even as they are being defeated on the battlefield," Hayder al-Khoei, a London-based Middle East expert, told Al Jazeera. Brett McGurk, the U.S. envoy to the coalition against ISIS tweeted, "Isis [IS] terrorists tonight in Baghdad target children & families enjoying time together at an ice cream shop. We stand w/Iraq against this evil." The attacks came just days into the holy month of Ramadan when Muslims fast during daylight hours. After sundown, families break their fast and Baghdad's restaurants and cafes quickly fill up with people staying up long into the night. During Ramadan last year, another section of Karrada was hit by massive suicide bombing that killed almost 300 people, the deadliest single attack in the Iraqi capital in 13 years of war. The attack was also claimed by ISIS. Fox News' Hollie McKay and The Associated Press contributed to this report.
  14. From MSN news: Suspected suicide bombs in Jakarta kills 3 policemen Associated Press JAKARTA, Indonesia — Two suspected suicide bombings near a bus terminal in Indonesia's capital Wednesday night killed three policemen and injured ten other people, including five officers, police said. National police spokesman Setyo Wasisto said there were two explosions by two suicide bombers. "I expressed my deep condolence, in fact three policemen were killed," Wasisto said. "There were explosions and latest investigation found that there are two suicide bombers, all men." He added that ten other people — five policemen and five civilians — were wounded and were taken to several hospitals. Earlier, Vice National Police Chief Syafruddin, who uses one name, said an initial investigation showed there were two explosions and a suspected suicide bomber had also died. "Tonight, to Indonesian citizens and all of us who are here at the scene, I express very deep concern. There have been bomb explosions at the Kampung Melayu bus terminal and for now they are believed to have been a suicide bombing," he said. Syafruddin said the officers had been guarding a parade by a group of local people. The explosion occurred in a parking lot next to the bus terminal in eastern Jakarta. A bomb squad was investigating the explosion as heavily armed police and soldiers guarded the area. TV channels showed people helping a victim lying on the ground, and three policemen carrying another victim away from the scene. Police sources said an anti-terror squad had immediately raided two houses believed to be owned by the perpetrators in neighboring provinces of Banten and West Java, but the results have not yet been known. Indonesia, the world's most populous Muslim-majority country, generally follows a moderate form of the faith. The government has carried out a sustained crackdown on militants since the 2002 Bali bombings by al-Qaida-affiliated radicals that killed 202 people. A new threat has emerged in the past several years from extremists who sympathize with the Islamic State group.
  15. Islamic State claims responsibility for Manchester arena attack CAIRO, May 23 (Reuters) - Islamic State claimed responsibility for Monday's deadly attack at the Manchester Arena and said it was carried out with an explosive device planted at the concert, according to a statement the group posted on Telegram. "One of the soldiers of the Caliphate was able to place an explosive device within a gathering of the Crusaders in the city of Manchester," the statement said. (Reporting by Omar Fahmy; Editing by Andrew Heavens)