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Forensic teams comb the remains of the trolleybus for evidence, in Volgograd.

Forensic teams comb the remains of the trolleybus for evidence, in Volgograd. Photograph: Maxim Shipenkov/EPA

Putin orders security lockdown in Volgograd after second suicide bomb

Russian city under tight security after suicide bombing on trolleybus leaves 15 dead, one day after 18 people were killed at train station.

A second suicide bombing in as many days in the Russian city of Volgograd has killed at least 15 people, injured dozens more and shredded Kremlin claims to have security under control in a region that will host the winter Olympics in less than six weeks.

President Vladimir Putin ordered a security clampdown in Volgograd and across the country after the bombing of a crowded trolleybus, which came less than 24 hours after 18 people were killed in a suicide attack at the city’s main railway station……………………….

Mohamed Mohamud, Tima'ade

Mohamed Mohamud from Somalia – one of the 70 journalist killed around the world in 2013. Photograph: Farah Abdi Warsameh/AP

At least 70 journalists killed around world in 2013

Figures compiled by the Committee to Protect Journalists show that 29 journalists were killed in Syria, 10 in Iraq and six in Egypt.

At least 70 journalists were killed around the world in 2013, including 29 who died covering the civil war in Syria and 10 in Iraq, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists.

The dead in Syria included a number of citizen journalists working to document combat in their home cities, broadcasters who worked with media outlets affiliated with either the government or the opposition, and a handful of correspondents for the foreign press, including an al-Jazeera reporter, Mohamed al-Mesalma, who was shot by a sniper………………………

  • Palestinian families greet freed prisoners as they arrive at the Mukata presidential compound in Ramallah

    Palestinian families greet freed prisoners as they arrive at the Mukata presidential compound in Ramallah. Photograph: Ilia Yefimovich/Getty

  • Israel frees 26 Palestinian prisoners

  • Latest group goes free as condition of peace talks being brokered by John Kerry, the US secretary of state
  • Opinion

    Drone

    I worked on the US drone program. The public should know what really goes on

    Heather Linebaugh: Few politicians have a clue how it actually works.
    Whenever I read comments by politicians defending the Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Predator and Reaper program – aka drones – I wish I could ask them a few questions. I’d start with: “How many women and children have you seen incinerated by a Hellfire missile?” And: “How many men have you seen crawl across a field, trying to make it to the nearest compound for help while bleeding out from severed legs?” Or even more pointedly: “How many soldiers have you seen die on the side of a road in Afghanistan because our ever-so-accurate UAVs [unmanned aerial vehicles] were unable to detect an IED [improvised explosive device] that awaited their convoy?”………………………………………

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