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36 dead, over 100 injured in Istanbul airport attack

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ISTANBUL — Explosions in Istanbul’s main internationals airport have left no less than 36 individuals dead and more than 100 injured, Turkey’s Prime Minister Binali Yildirim says, in what appears to be the latest in a string of attacks in Turkey’s biggest city this year.

Three suicide bombers struck at the entrance to the main international airport in Istanbul on Tuesday.

Preliminary findings point to Islamic State as being responsible for the attack, Mr Yildirim said.

“According to assessments so far, 36 people have lost their lives and there were also many wounded,” he told reporters at the site of the attack on Europe’s third-busiest airport.

Turkey’s HaberTurk channel cited Justice Minister Bekir Bozdag as saying 147 people were injured, while private news agency Dogan said 88 were injured. Governor Vasip Sahin earlier told journalists 60 people had been injured.

Pictures posted on social media from the site showed injured people lying on the ground inside and outside one of the terminal buildings.

Footage from broadcasters, including CNN Turk, showed ambulances rushing to the scene.

The blasts sparked panic among passengers, CNN Turk cited witnesses as saying.

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon called for stepped-up cooperation in the fight against terrorism on Tuesday, following an attack on Istanbul`s Ataturk airport that left at least 36 dead and scores wounded.

Ban “condemns today`s terrorist attack” and “expresses his deepest sympathy and condolences to the families of the victims and to the government and people of Turkey,” his spokesman said in a statement.

The UN chief “stands firmly by Turkey as it confronts this threat and stresses the need to intensify regional and international efforts to combat terrorism and violent extremism.”

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“The Secretary-General hopes that the perpetrators of this crime will be identified and brought to justice,” the statement said.

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Oli, Dahal hold discussion on party unification and govt expansion

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KATHMANDU — Prime Minister and CPN-UML Chairman KP Sharma Oli held talks with CPN-MC Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal ‘Prachanda’ at the former’s residence in Balkot today.

During the meeting that lasted for around 1.5 hours, matters relating to the unification between the two parties and the CPN-MC’s participation in the government were discussed.

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In his comments following the meeting, Maoist Chair Prachanda said the talks in regards to the unification were held positively and efforts are on to announce the unification soon.

The Prime Minister’s press coordinator Chetan Adhikari said the two chairs met on the eve of the meeting of the party unification coordination committee scheduled for tomorrow.

The PUCC meeting tomorrow will discuss the issue of party unity and government participation at length, and two chairs discussed the same matter today.

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