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Female Suicide Bomber Attacks Istanbul Police Station

Turkish security gather outside a police station where one police officer was killed and another injured after a suicide bomber blew herself up in Istanbul.
Turkish security gather outside a police station where one police officer was killed and another injured after a suicide bomber blew herself up in Istanbul.
In the News 01-06-15
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Turkish officials said one police officer was killed and another wounded after a suicide bomber attacked a police station in Istanbul.

Reports said the bomber spoke English as she entered the station in the popular Sultanahmet neighborhood. She told people she lost her wallet. Then she set off explosives she carried.

Istanbul’s governor said police are still trying to identify the woman in the attack.

Sultanahmet is home to several places popular with foreign visitors, including the Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia museum.

South Korea notes Pyongyang's improved nuclear abilities

South Korea's defense ministry said North Korea appears to have gained a "significant" level of technology. The ministry said the North may be able to make a small nuclear device that could fit on the tip of a missile.

The ministry announced the news in a paper released Tuesday.

The ministry said North Korea has created about 40 kilograms of weapons-grade plutonium from reprocessing used nuclear fuel rods. The South Korean government said North Korea is working on an uranium enrichment program.

North Korea is believed to have the ability to develop missiles that could reach the United States mainland. It has carried out a series of long-distance missile tests.

AirAsia search expands

An Indonesian official says the search has expanded for the wreckage and victims of AirAsia Flight 8501. Henry Bambang Soelistyo is the chief of the National Search and Rescue Agency. On Tuesday, he said the agency was opening a "second priority" search area in the Java Sea off Indonesia.

The plane went down into the sea more than a week ago during a storm. The plane’s voice and information recorders still are missing.

Mr. Soelistyo also said a U.S. Navy ship used sonar signals to find two more metal objects. But it is not known yet if they are part of the missing plane. Five large objects believed to have been part of the plane have been found so far.

Two more bodies were also found on Tuesday, for a total of 39. Only 16 bodies have been identified and returned to their families.

Jackie Chan’s son on trial for drug charges

Jaycee Chan, the son of kung fu movie star Jackie Chan, will stand trial Friday on a drugs charge.

A Chinese newspaper reported Tuesday that Jaycee Chan, a 32-year-old actor and singer, would be tried in Eastern District Court in Beijing. He was officially charged last month with "the crime of sheltering others to take drugs." He reportedly had tested positive for marijuana. Police said they found 100 grams of the drug at his home.

Chinese officials detained many famous people last year on drug-related charges. Chinese media have reported widely about the incidents.


Words in this Story

wallet – n. a small folding case that holds paper money, credit cards, etc.

uranium – n. a radioactive element that is used to make nuclear energy and nuclear weapons

sonar – n. a device used for finding things that are underwater by using sound waves

positive – n. showing the presence of a particular germ, condition, or substance