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International: Russia bomber identified; death toll rises to 14

A native of Kyrgyzstan who had a Russian passport was responsible for the deadly blast in St. Petersburg, the Kyrgyz and Russian authorities said on Tuesday, as the toll from the attack rose to 14 dead and more than 60 injured.

The Investigative Committee of Russia, the main federal law enforcement agency, released a statement saying that the man who detonated the bomb on a subway car was Akbarzhon Dzhalilov, 22.

Forensic experts also found his DNA on a bag left at the Vosstaniya Square metro station, the statement said.

International: Six killed as storms batter South US

Six people died after storms battered the South United States from Sunday into Monday.

A man in his mid-60s was killed in his mobile home in Whitmire, South Carolina, Monday after the home was struck by an unconfirmed tornado and the home flipped several times, Union County Sheriff David Taylor told ABC News.

The man was identified by the Union County Coroner's Office as J.C. Matthews, Jr., 65.

He was found after Matthews' brother discovered the home overturned and called emergency personnel for help.

Internationally: "Read my lips - no": Putin denies Russia interfere in US election

Calling the accusations “lies,” Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday denied that Moscow meddled in last year’s U.S. elections.

"Read my lips, no," Putin said during a panel moderated by CNBC, according to a report on the news agency’s website.

"All those things are fictional, illusory and provocations, lies,” the Russian president said. “All these are used for domestic American political agendas.

The anti-Russian card is played by different political forces inside the United States to trade on that and consolidate their positions inside.”

Internationally: 7 students, 1 teacher die in avalanche in Japan

Seven high school students and a teacher have died and more than 40 people have been injured after an avalanche hit ski slopes in Japan.

A total of 52 students and 11 teachers from seven high schools were taking part in a three-day mountaineering expedition near the Nasu Onsen resort, 93 miles north of Tokyo, when the incident occurred at about 9.20am on Monday.

“I cannot have peace of mind until I see the students’ faces,” the deputy headteacher of one of the affected schools told the Yomiuri newspaper.

Internationally: Two years for Brexit to happen

Prime Minister Theresa May is to officially notify the European Union next Wednesday that the UK is leaving.

Downing Street said she would write a letter to the European Council, adding that it hoped negotiations on the terms of exit and future relations could then begin as quickly as possible.

An EU spokesman said it was "ready and waiting" for the letter.

Mrs May's spokesman also rejected reports an early election may be held, saying: "It's not going to happen."

Internationally: Schools closed Tuesday as New York prepares for biggest storm this winter

New York City public schools are closed Tuesday, Mayor Bill de Blasio said.

A massive blizzard is expected to bring up to two feet of snow to the area. The snow should start late Monday night.

Mayor de Blasio is advising everyone remain off the roads Tuesday.

The New York City Emergency Management Department today issued a hazardous travel advisory.

“New Yorkers should also prepare for snow and dangerous road conditions,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio.

28 girls perish in Guatemala youth shelter fire

Hospital officials say the death toll in a fire at a youth shelter in Guatemala has risen to 28 after several more girls died overnight of severe burns.

Doctors had warned the severity of the burns suffered by many victims put their lives at risk.

Nineteen girls were found dead at the scene Wednesday, and spokesmen for two hospitals in Guatemala City said nine more died overnight.

Dozens more remain under treatment.

The fire started after a mass escape.

160 couples to divorce in Chinese village in bid to get compensation

More than 160 couples in a village in eastern China have decided to divorce in order to get more compensation after the forced demolition of their homes.

The village of Jiangbei, in Jiangsu province, is being razed to make way for a high-tech development zone.

The couples found they could qualify for two new houses and at least $19,000 (£15,500) extra if they divorced and claimed compensation as singles.

Some are over 80, and most said they planned to continue living together.

ISIS kills dozens in Pakistan shrine bombing

A suicide attack in a popular shrine in southern Pakistan has killed at least 72 people, police say.

The bomber blew himself up among devotees in the shrine of Sufi saint Lal Shahbaz Qalandar in the town of Sehwan, in Sindh province, police said.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has condemned the attack, which has been claimed by so-called Islamic State.

A surge of attacks this week has shattered a period of improving security in Pakistan.

The shrine was crowded as Thursday is considered a sacred day for Muslims to pray there.

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