BRIEF – Novodevichy Convent, a large Moscow monastery situated around 5 km from the Kremlin, was the site of a large fire Sunday night. The building has been under repair, according to Bulletin Echo, and the fire may have begun with one of the scaffolding towers.

The fire began at after 10:30 p.m. Moscow time. Fire fighters arrived shortly thereafter.

The area has been cordoned off. The cause of the blaze is not yet known, and authorities have not yet made any statements.

Initially, rumors spread on social media that the fire had taken place at the Kremlin.

Novodevichy Convent is a perhaps the best known cloister of the Russian capital. It was founded in 1524 by Vasili III, the Grand Prince of Moscow, and has remained intact since the 17th century. The name can be translated as New Maiden’s Monastery.

In addition to being a famous tourist attraction in its own right, the cemetery attached is the location of the graves of former Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev, former President Boris Yeltsin, writer Anton Chekhov, and other famous Russian deceased.

More follows.

By James Haleavy

Iraq: Suicide Bomber Targets Western Entrance of Fallujah

NEWS BRIEF: A security source in Anbar province has reported that a car bomb targeted the western entrance to the city of Fallujah Saturday.

The source , who asked not to be named, said that “security forces cordoned off the scene and prevented public access.”

Via: AlSumaria (Arabic)


Axl Rose Confirms Guns N' Roses At Coachella

Guns N’ Roses frontman Axl Rose confirmed rumors Monday that the original Guns N’ Roses would reunite and play the Coachella festival in 2016. The hard rock singer confirmed the reunion with his former bandmates on Twitter, less than one week after Tweeting opaquely that “The only thing I know ‘confirmed’ is my LOVE of Taco Bell!”

“Ok,ok…,” tweeted Rose, “It’s ‘confirmed!’ Guns N’ Roses is Headlining Coachella 2016!! See Everyone There!!”

Guns and Roses

The tweet followed an announcement by The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival that the lineup for the festival would include Guns N’ Roses, LCD Soundsystem, Calvin Harris, Ellie Goulding, Ice Cube, Disclosure, Sia, and dozens of other bands.

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