BBC | Although there was no sign of state sponsorship, “officials” claim plot supported by al-Qaeda in Iran.
Reuters | There was no immediate claim of responsibility; AQIM, al Qaeda’s north African arm, however, is suspect.
theglobeandmail.com | Harper government is using the Boston Marathon bombing to expedite the passage of a relatively slow-moving bill.
bbc.co.uk | Said that if terrorists seized anti-aircraft and chemical weapons they could be “game changers” in the region.
Paul Joseph Watson | Media continues to cover-up separate images showing private security employees with black backpacks at scene of blast.
IndiaTimes.com | Chinese military today for the first time deployed naval ships to patrol islands disputed with Tokyo in the East China Sea.
Rajeh Saeed | Marks a remarkable development in the modus operandi of armed groups affiliated with al-Qaeda.
Laura Smith-Spark | Security plans for the London Marathon this weekend are being reassessed.
edition.cnn.com | North Korea is raising the temperature on its neighbors.
military.com | Syrian forces battled rebels in the central province of Homs near the border with Lebanon on Friday.
AFP | Brazil’s northwestern state of Acre declared a “social emergency” yesterday.
London Telegraph | Helmut Kohl, Germany’s former chancellor, has admitted that he acted like a “dictator” to bring in the single currency to the country, otherwise he “would have lost” had he held a referendum.
The Telegraph | Police officers were injured and arrests were made as hundreds held parties “celebrating” the death of Margaret Thatcher.
rian.ru | Escalation of tension in the region could lead to a nuclear disaster far worse than the Chernobyl incident.
Sky News | Britain’s first and only female prime minister Margaret Thatcher dies peacefully at the Ritz at the age of 87.
Reuters | Presidential contender Henrique Capriles responds, “Anyone who threatens the people, who tells the people a curse can fall on them, has no right to govern this country.”
Daily Mail | Whitehall admitted waste from recycling bins is being shipped to countries including China, India and Indonesia, where much of it ends up in landfill.
Reuters | No immediate reports of damage.
TheAge.com.au | Hackers apparently broke into at least two of North Korea’s government-run websites on Thursday.
The Epoch Times | Death toll rises to five among 14 confirmed cases in China.
Sky News | At least 52 people have drowned in their homes and cars, or were electrocuted as floods swamped Buenos Aires.
rt.com | The holiest Jewish site in Syria – the 2,000-year-old Jobar Synagogue in Damascus – has been looted and burned.
nytimes.com | Kim Jong-un said his nuclear weapons were not a bargaining chip and called for expanding country’s nuclear arsenal.
Paul Joseph Watson | Henry Kissinger jokes about keeping people guessing location of secretive confab.
en.rian.ru | Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered snap drills on Thursday.
zerohedge.com | Anastasiades’ said that no one, including himself, will be exempt from the ongoing investigations.
London Guardian | Cypriot finance officials say initial losses will be 37.5%, but up to 22.5% more could be taken if bank needs further capitalisation.
Yves Smith | Economy will simply fail at even basic functions.
AFP | Sacked employees at a French greetings card company were told they would not get their dues.
The Guardian | Woman has been charged with murders of seven patients, but authorities warn that number of victims may be far higher.
The Peninsula Qatar | Raids follow Putin’s signature of law that labelled Russian political organisations with Western funding as “foreign agents.”
Daily Mail | State prosecutors agree to investigate official’s links to organized crime.
New York Post | Dramatic video posted online shows a man being swallowed by a sinkhole in real time.
FoxNews.com | Islamic hard-liners stormed a mosque in suburban Cairo, turning it into torture chamber for Christians.
PanArmenian.net | No explanation has been given of why the demand has been made.
CNS News | As of today, according to both a senior administration official and a State Department spokesperson, this U.S. citizen remains imprisoned in post-Qaddafi Libya.
BBC | Regional tension remains high after the North’s third nuclear test last month.
BBC | Although a handover ceremony took place last September, US forces remained at the prison pending a deal over the fate of certain prisoners.
Economic Collapse | If you still have money in European banks, you need to get it out.
Reuters | Riot police used tear gas to disperse street demonstrations by sympathizers trying to block the eviction.
Sky News | The body of the exiled critic of the Russian government is discovered in his bath amid reports that he killed himself.
The Independent | Putin: “We are working together, helping to shape a new, more just world order, ensure peace and security, defend basic principles of international law.”
stratrisks.com | Brotherhood and Jam’a al-Islamiya have announced their intention to set up a joint civilian police force with other Islamists.
Economic Collapse | It is now being reported that Cyprus Popular Bank only has “enough liquidity to cover the next few hours”.
Lew Rockwell Blog | The US government has taken it upon itself to choose a new leader for Syria.
Infowars.com | Obama: “Each country must make its own decision regarding Iran.”
AFP | British government insists blog and social media posts won’t be regulated, but critics are wary.
Zero Hedge | In Nigel Farage’s first TV appearance since the Cypriot wealth tax was announced, the Englishman pulls no punches.
UK Daily Mail | South Korea appears to have been the target of a cyber-attack from the North after computer systems at broadcasters and banks in the country simultaneously crashed today.
YouTube | Victims of the attack were anti-FSA civilians and Syrian troops.