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New York blast was obvious 'act of terror', says state's governor

A bomb that exploded in New York that wounded 29 people and a second bomb that did not detonate planted nearby were "obviously an act of terrorism", New York state Governor Andrew Cuomo told reporters today, but he said there was no evidence of international involvement.

 "It depends on your definition of terrorism. A bomb exploding in New York is obviously an act of terrorism, but it's not linked to international terrorism," he said, speaking of the pressure cooker bombs. 

"Whoever placed these bombs, we will find and they will be brought to justice," Cuomo told reporters the morning after the explosion that he said caused significant damage.


'ISIS soldier' carried out Minnesota mall stabbings, Islamic State in Iraq and Syria claims

 An ISIS "soldier" carried out the wave of stabbings at a mall in the US state of Minnesota that wounded nine people, an extremist-linked news agency said Sunday.

"The executor of the stabbing attacks in Minnesota yesterday (Saturday) was a soldier of the Islamic State who carried out the operation in response to calls to target citizens of countries belonging to the crusader coalition," Amaq news agency said.

ISIS (Islamic State in Iraq and Syria) has repeatedly called for lone-wolf attacks on countries in the US-led coalition targeting the extremist group with air strikes in Syria and Iraq, with France and Belgium bearing the brunt of such actions.


German Chancellor Angela Merkel suffers drubbing in Berlin vote in anti-migrant vote

German Chancellor Angela Merkel's CDU party suffered its second electoral blow in two weeks on Sunday, slumping to its lowest level since 1990 in a Berlin state vote that rejected her open-door refugee policy.

Voters turned to the anti-immigrant Alternative for Germany (AfD), which with 12.9 per cent of the vote will enter its 10th regional assembly among the country's 16 states.

A year before a national election, the result is set to raise pressure on Merkel and deepen rifts in her conservative camp, with more sniping expected from her CSU allies in Bavaria.


Motor racing: Mercedes boss Toto Wolff hails classic Singapore race

Mercedes boss Toto Wolff lauded Sunday's Singapore Grand Prix as a great example of how Formula One should be, with the top three teams using different tyre strategies to keep the result in the balance until the last lap.

Wolff was delighted to see his drivers finish first and third after struggling at the circuit a year ago but race winner Nico Rosberg suffered an almighty scare from a fast-charging Daniel Ricciardo with fresher tyres in his Red Bull.

"It was so close at the end, how it should be in Formula One," the Austrian told reporters after Rosberg held on to win by 0.488 seconds and team-mate Lewis Hamilton held off Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen for third.


Football: Pain for Harry Kane as Tottenham Hotspur sink Sunderland

Harry Kane found the net for the second time in two Premier League games as Tottenham Hotspur beat Sunderland 1-0 on Sunday, but was stretchered off late on.

The England striker scored at White Hart Lane for the first time since March to lift his team to third and keep the visitors second-bottom in the table.

But he had to be taken from the touchline on a stretcher after turning his ankle in the latter stages of the game.